Posted by: marcmwm | April 27, 2009

Rocking to the music of Iowa’s newest football recruit

You now know Baltimore LB Jim Poggi as Iowa’s newest football recruit. The World Wide Web might know him better as the lead guitarist for “Due to Get Even.”

The 6-2, 215-pounder committed to the Hawkeyes on Monday night, giving Iowa three commitments for the 2010 recruiting class, all at linebacker. Poggi, whose family has ties with Kirk Ferentz and family from the Ferentz’s days in Baltimore, picked the Hawkeyes over Ohio State and Texas.

He also had offers from Maryland, Boston College and Duke.

“Iowa doesn’t only care about the athlete, it cares about the student-athlete,” said Poggi, who had 131 tackles for the Gilman School last season. “They do a great job of getting people to the NFL, but they also know the percentages. The majority of people who play college football aren’t going to the NFL. They do a great job of caring about you off the field and making sure you get your degree.”

The ties with the Ferentz family go like this: When he was O-line coach for the Baltimore Ravens, Kirk Ferentz’s oldest son, Brian, was coached by Biff Poggi, Jim’s dad, his freshman season at Gilman before the Ferentzes moved to Iowa City.

Even after the move, the families stayed close.

“I can’t really say enough about (Kirk Ferentz) as a person,” Jim Poggi said. “To see someone with moral standards like that have that kind of success . . . especially in a job or organization like the NCAA where there aren’t too many ‘good guys’ in his position who succeed.”

Poggi (pronounced Po Gee) visited Iowa City last week to take in the familty atmosphere that he’d thought he’d see.

“If you’re going to be doing something that’s hard and you’re not going to be home for Christmas, you’re going to be away from your family, you’ve got to be with people you want to be with,” said Poggi, whose brother, Sam, is a sophomore defensive end at Duke. “I couldn’t see any other group of people like that than Iowa. It was a huge indicator for me.”

Poggi played strongside linebacker at Gilman, which also plays a 4-3 defense, last season. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker told him that he’d be “interchangeable” between weakside and strongside, “whichever fits me the best.” The future at Iowa linebacker could go like this: Austin Gray (Warren, Mich.) in the middle with Solon’s James Morris (scroll to the bottom for the Morris story and an extra) on the weakside and Poggi at outside linebacker.

“I feel I play pretty well in space, but I’ll go wherever they need me,” Poggi said.

You can get a glimpse of Poggi’s band, “Due to Get Even,” here.

The name of the band came from a race at Pimlico. Jim was there with his dad, saw that name for a horse and it stuck. “I saw that name and I just kind of stole it,” he laughed.

The band plays often in Baltimore at a place called “The Recher.” Poggi calls himself a “hard rock guy,” but he describes the band as ’80s pop rock.

“Surprisingly,” he said, while struggling for an influence. “It’s like ’80s pop, which is kind of weird.”

Poggi has played the guitar “since I can remember.”

Longer than football?

“Yeah, actually,” he said.


I hope this doesn’t PO Jim, but I’m going “Fall Out Boy” meets “Sunny Day Real Estate” with a little “Grand Champeen” thrown in.

From DTGE's MySpace site. Go there to hear the band and see some photos of Iowa's newest football commitment.

From DTGE's MySpace site. Go there to hear the band and see some photos of Iowa's newest football commitment.



  1. Did Poggi have an offer from Penn State?

    Regardless of that fact, Poggi is an excellent addition to Iowa’s class.

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  3. I don’t know, Dan. I didn’t see PSU listed on HawkeyeReport.

    I’m sure he was on their radar, living in Baltimore. Plus, isn’t Poggi just a Penn State name, like Capelleti and Poszlusy or however you spell it.

  4. I’m pretty sure he had an offer from Penn State too (Scout lists it anyway, although they’re not as reliable as Rivals). I hadn’t heard about the one from Texas. Regardless, it was an impressive list of offers, especially this early in the process. I’m pretty excited about picking him up, and with how recruiting has gone so far. The class is off to a really good start.

  5. This class is off to a really good start, I agree.

    Morris exudes character and is everything you want in a Hawkeye. Gray is cut out of Hawkeye mold, a roughneck who loves to hit. Poggi seems to really understand the Ferentz thing at Iowa.

    Now, some big DTs, a QB and what else?

  6. More o-line depth is always a good thing, and it would be nice to get some more young guys in the secondary, especially safety.

  7. DBs were my other thought, Adam.

    I’d say three O-line to go with the five from last year.

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  9. Any word on how this kid ranks nationally? I see he had some good offers.

  10. With those offers, I would assume very high, Bill.

    Also, he’s got the bloodline thing going, with a brother at Duke.

    I wonder what level Gilman plays in Maryland.

  11. From what I can tell, Gilman is a private school and plays in the MIAA (Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) instead of with all the public schools in Maryland. They are in the MIAA A conference, but I’m not sure if the conferences are broken up by size (there is also a B and C). Anyway, they just play other private schools in the area.

    On Poggi, it is good to see another lineback (and a heavily recuited one) joining the 2010 class. It’s definitely needed with Angerer and Edds on their way out.

  12. Thanks for that, FFIowa.

    How can you not like this LB class, or just class, period?

    Great characters, great start.

  13. Amazing how things have changed since two years ago isn’t it?

    Gotta love the good captain as you knew he wasn’t going down without a fight, and you knoew he wouldn’t lose that battle.

  14. […] Rocking to the music of Iowa’s newest football recruit You now know Baltimore LB Jim Poggi as Iowa’s newest football recruit. The World Wide Web might know him better […] […]

  15. […] committed to the Hawkeyes almost two weeks ago. He’s lead guitarist in the band, “Due to Get […]

  16. […] Hawkeye linebacker recruit from Gilman School. Poggi is an accomplished guitar player and has a band. Morris is in Solon’s choir and claims to have a singing voice. He wants to start a band with […]

  17. […] Jim Poggi, LB, 6-2, 215, Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) […]

  18. […] LB, 6-2, 215, Solon High SchoolAustin Gray, LB, 6-2, 220, Fitzgerald High School (Warren, Mich.)Jim Poggi, LB, 6-2, 215, Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)Anthony Ferguson, DT, 6-2, 280, Gilman School […]

  19. […] caring about you off the field and making sure you get your degree.”Links — Here’s a story I wrote when he committed. It’s mostly about his band, “Due to get Even.” . . . […]

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