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Iowa football adds two more recruits, including West Branch’s Bo Bower as preferred walk-on

[ 0 ] February 4, 2013 |

The Iowa football coaches are searching far and near to complete their 2013 recruiting class.

Decorah linebacker Josey Jewell was the latest recruit to commit to Iowa, announcing his decision in a news release late Sunday night. His commitment came just hours after New Jersey running back Akrum Wadley and Texas receiver Anjeus Jones picked the Hawkeyes.

West Branch linebacker Bo Bower also decided within the past 24 hours to accept Iowa’s offer to be a preferred walk-on over a full-ride scholarship offer from Northern Iowa.

“I think it’s a very fair opportunity for me,” Bower said. “I get to be part of the team.”

Iowa now has at least 19 players committed in the 2013 class, including 18 high school seniors. The one exception is junior-college receiver Damond Powell.

Those commitments will become official when the players sign national letters of intent Wednesday, which is the start of the national signing period.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Jewell combined to rush for more than 3,200 yards as a junior and senior, making all-state both times. He also had 190 solo tackles and 120 assisted tackles as a linebacker.

Jewell picked Iowa’s scholarship offer over another full-ride offer from Northern Iowa.

“I am very thankful and excited for the opportunity to become a Hawkeye,” Jewell said in the release. “My teammates, coaches and teachers have done a great job to help me reach this point. I am hopeful that the lessons learned thus far from them will help me contribute as much as I can to the Iowa program.”

Iowa still is in the running to land linebacker Reggie Spearman, who attends Simeon High School in Chicago. He is expected to announce his decision today. Spearman previously was committed to Illinois but now is also considering Iowa, Minnesota and Indiana.

St. Louis running back Jonathan Parker also is expected to choose between Iowa and Tulsa before signing day Wednesday. Parker has been committed to Tulsa since September but wanted to take a closer look at Iowa before making a final decision. Parker visited Iowa this past weekend, along with Wadley and Jones.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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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