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Slew of recruits rolling in today for Hawks

[ 1 ] June 22, 2012 |

At this rate, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz might be done with his 2013 recruiting class by the Sept. 1 season opener against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Ferentz and his staff received verbal commitments from two more high school seniors-to-be on Friday with Ohio offensive lineman Sean Welsh and Missouri receiver/defensive back Andre Harris both picking Iowa.

“Just committed to the University of Iowa,” the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Welsh posted on his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

Welsh picked Iowa over scholarships offers Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky Louisville, Air Force, Cincinnati and several schools from the Mid-American Conference.

Harris, who is from the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, Mo., chose Iowa over an offer from Illinois.

“It feels good, a lot of relived stress,” Harris told ESPN.com. “Iowa is a good school. I went and saw a lot of things that interested me. I saw myself being there in the future.”

With the addition of Welsh and Harris Iowa now is believed to have received verbal commitments from at least 12 recruits from the 2013 high school senior class, including four in the past week.

Derrick Mitchell Jr., a receiver/defensive back from St. Louis, committed to Iowa on Thursday and Malik Rucker, a defensive back from New Hope, Minn., picked the Hawkeyes last Friday.

A typical Iowa recruiting class has about 20 to 25 prospects. However, Iowa only had received verbal commitments from three recruits as of June 22 of last year and five by the end of June.

Welsh, who is from Springboro, Ohio, is ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and the 41st best guard in the 2013 senior class.

The 6-1, 175-pound Harris helped Kirkwood finish 12-1 last season and runner-up in Class 5A in Missouri. He finished second on the team with 22 catches for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He also finished with 29 tackles and one interception on defense, returning one of the interceptions for a touchdown.

Harris reportedly has been clocked at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

New Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said in the spring that Iowa needed more speed at the receiver positions. It appears Harris and Mitchell were recruited to help fill that void.

This recent string of commitments could continue if Ohio receiver Don Monteroso picks Iowa. He visited the Iowa campus on Friday and then posted “I think I’m in love #Iowa.” on his twitter account. Monteroso is scheduled to visit Boston College on Wednesday and he said he will choose between Iowa and Boston College late next week.

Des Moines Lincoln linebacker Trevon Young also visited Iowa City Friday and is deciding between the Hawkeyes and Iowa State.

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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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