One day after losing a heralded running back that represented hope for the future, the Iowa football team has landed another one.
High School senior running back LeShun Daniels, a 6-foot, 215-pound native of Warren, Ohio, told Hawkeye Insider.com Friday afternoon that he had verbally committed to Iowa. Daniels previously had been committed to Boston College, but decided to explore his options after the school changed head coaches.
Daniels took a recruiting visit to Iowa City last weekend and came away impressed.
“I just feel like it’s the right place for me,” Daniels told Hawkeye Insider.com. “I loved it when I was there last weekend. Everything was a good fit.”
Daniels’ commitment came a day after running back Greg Garmon was granted his release from the Iowa program. Garmon, who is from Erie, Pa., and a former four-star recruit, only spent one semester at Iowa and played sparingly as a true freshman this past season.
Daniels rushed for 1,614 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior this past season. He is ranked as a three-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com and as the 97th best high school running back in the country by Scout.com.
Veteran recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who works for the CBS Sports Network, first saw Daniels play when Daniels was a sophomore and living in DeKalb, Ill.
“Back then I knew he was Division I,” Lemming said Friday afternoon. “I thought he was the best running back from Chicago that year in the sophomore class.”
Lemming said Daniels is similar at this stage in his career to former Hawkeye star running back and 2008 Doak Walker Award winner Shonn Greene. Lemming also believes that Daniels’ physical running style will fit nicely in Iowa’s power rushing attack.
“He’s a good, straight-ahead runner with good vision and real good leg strength,” Lemming said of Daniels. “He breaks tackles.
“He’s a perfect Iowa-type back. It’s a great catch.”
Daniels is believed to be at least the 17th player to commit to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class, including the 16th high school senior.
Junior-college receiver Damond Powell, who attends Snow College in Utah, but is from Toledo, Ohio, committed to Iowa earlier in the week.
Daniels will face plenty of competition at running back, even without Garmon returning. Juniors-to-be Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock both played extensively this past season and will be on top of the depth chart when spring practice starts. Sophomore-to-be Jordan Canzeri and redshirt freshmen Barkley Hill and Michael Malloy also will be in the mix at running back.
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