Verbal commitments aren’t official until a recruit signs a national letter of intent.
The Iowa football coaches are taking advantage of that while finding the final pieces to their 2013 recruiting class.
Iowa landed two players on Sunday, who had been committed to other schools.
Running back Akrum Wadley de-committed from Temple to be a Hawkeye and receiver Anjeus Jones did the same with Colorado State.
“The Big Ten, that’s a big conference and one of the highest competition levels that I can compete at, so that was the best thing for me,” said Wadley, who is from Newark, N.J.
Record-breaking defensive back Desmond King, who is from Detroit, also committed to Iowa last week after previously being committed to Ball State and Central Michigan. King finished his career with 29 interceptions, which is a state record in Michigan.
Iowa now has verbal commitments from at least 18 players in the 2013 recruiting class. The commitments will become official on Wednesday when the recruits sign national letters of intent. Wednesday marks the start of the national signing period for football.
Iowa also might land another recruit at the expense of Tulsa.
St. Louis native Jonathan Parker, who plays running back, told Hawkeye Insider.com on Sunday that he is now considering Iowa after committing to Tulsa in September. Parker took an official visit to Iowa this weekend.
“It kind of made me open up more towards Iowa a little more because I was able to see myself fitting in more,” Parker said of his official visit to Iowa.
Jones is the second high school player from Texas to commit to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder joins quarterback and Corsicana native Nic Shimonek, who committed to Iowa last May.
Jones said it was tough turning down Colorado State after having made a commitment. He also committed to New Mexico State before switching to Colorado State a few weeks ago.
“I was really looking forward to it,” Jones said of playing for Colorado State. “They want to turn that program around just as bad as Iowa does.
“But the Big Ten, that is a blessing, too.”
The addition of Jones means Iowa will have at least five receivers in the 2013 recruiting class, with four receivers already having committed. Wadley and Parker said they also both talked to the Iowa coaches about playing slot receiver in college.
Junior-college receiver Damond Powell will be expected to contribute immediately next season since he only has two years of eligibility remaining. Powell averaged 30 yards per reception at Snow College in Utah this past season. He is from Toledo, Ohio.
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