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Iowa lands OL Kozan, RB Meier, QB Beathard

[ 10 ] January 30, 2012 |

This past weekend was productive for the Iowa football coaches with regard to recruiting.

One of the top high school offensive linemen from Colorado, a star of eight-man high school football in Iowa and a high school quarterback from Tennessee are the latest additions to Iowa’s 2012 recruiting class.

Alex Kozan, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Castle Rock, Colo., Nate Meier, a 6-2, 235-pound linebacker/running back from Fremont-Mills High School, and C.J. Beathard, a 6-3, 180-pound quarterback from Franklin, Tenn., all made commitments to Iowa either on Sunday or Monday.

Iowa has received verbal commitments from at least 20 high school seniors and two junior-college prospects.

The junior college players — quarterback Cody Sokol and offensive lineman Eric Simmons — already have signed their letters of intent and are enrolled at Iowa for the spring semester.

The high school seniors will sign letters of intent Wednesday, which marks the start of the national signing period.

Kozan is ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the fifth best high school senior in Colorado. He had a host of scholarship offers from BCS schools before narrowing his list to Iowa, Michigan and Auburn.

“All three are great schools academically and athletically,” Kozan told ESPN.com. “I’m blessed to have the opportunities I have.”

Kozan helped lead Valor Christian High School to a third consecutive Colorado state title this past season.

“When I went out and saw him, I really liked him,” recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said of Kozan. “He can play tackle, guard and center if he wants to. He’s very versatile.

“He’s a typical Iowa-type recruit. He’ll be 300 pounds in another year and he knows how to run and he knows how to run block.”

The 6-2, 235-pound Meier led Fremont-Mills High School to its first eight-player state title as a senior this past season. He rushed for 2,494 yards and scored 57 touchdowns and also recorded 112 tackles, including 34 for losses on defense.

Meier visited the Iowa campus this past weekend.

“I like their style of play, and it’s a good fit for me,” Meyer told HawkeyeInsider.com. “I like the coaches there, and the players are really cool. It just felt right.”

Meier set an eight-man mark by rushing for 500 yards and 10 touchdowns during an 80-49 victory over East Mills (Malvern) in October.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Meier will be the first athlete from Fremont-Mills High School to receive a Division I scholarship since 1969 graduate Barry Anderson, who played baseball at Missouri.

As for Beathard, he backed out of a commitment to Mississippi to pick Iowa after he visited the UI campus this past weekend. Beathard told HawkeyeInsider.com on Monday afternoon that he had just committed to Iowa.

In other recruiting news, junior college linebacker Robert Caldwell committed to North Carolina State over the weekend. Caldwell had been leaning toward Iowa, according to one of his junior college assistant coaches, but Caldwell said Friday that Iowa pulled his scholarship offer.

Caldwell attends the College of the Desert in Desert Palm, Calif.

Junior-college running back Aaron Harris also committed to Cincinnati over the weekend despite receiving a scholarship offer from Iowa late last week. Harris attends Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif.

High school defensive lineman Aaron Curry will announce his choice Wednesday morning. Curry, who is from Keller, Texas, has narrowed his list to Iowa and Nebraska.

High school receiver Ian Thomas, who is from Reistertown, Md., also is expected to announce his decision Wednesday morning. Thomas is deciding between Iowa, Rutgers, North Carolina and Virginia.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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