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Chicago linebacker picks Iowa

[ 0 ] February 5, 2013 |

Chicago linebacker Reggie Spearman originally planned to stay in state to play for a Big Ten school.

That plan now has changed with Spearman announcing his verbal commitment to Iowa Tuesday night. He is expected to be among at least 20 recruits who sign national letters of intent with Iowa on Wednesday, which marks the start of the national signing period for football.

Spearman, who attends Simeon High School in Chicago, made his announcement during a ceremony at his high school, but reportedly not without some theatrics. Spearman, according to Scout.com’s Allen Trieu, who was covering the ceremony, announced for Syracuse, but then removed a Syracuse hat from his head and replaced it with an Iowa hat while announcing for the Hawkeyes.

Spearman was previously committed to Illinois, but then decided to explore other options. He also considered Syracuse, Minnesota and Indiana before picking the Hawkeyes.

The 6-foot-2, 219-pound Spearman is ranked as a three-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He is also is ranked by Rivals.com as the 31st-best outside linebacker in the 2013 senior class.

In other recruiting news, St. Louis running back Jonathan Parker told HawkeyeInsider.com that he will announce his decision between Iowa and Tulsa on Wednesday morning. Parker committed to Tulsa in September, but he still took a recruiting visit to Iowa this past weekend and reportedly has a scholarship offer from Iowa.

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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