Hawkeyes Nab Verbal Commitment From Ohio RB

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - This is how it works at Iowa running back. They come and they go.

Sophomore Greg Garmon announced his transfer on Wednesday. Warren, Ohio, running back LeShun Daniels committed to the Hawkeyes on Friday, according to HawkeyeReport.com.

Daniels, 5-11, 220, rushed for 1,614 yards and 15 touchdowns last season at Harding High School. Since late June, he had been verbally committed to Boston College. When BC fired head coach Frank Spaziani, Iowa offered a scholarship in late November. A few weeks later Iowa had its newest new running back, and just in time with the opening Garmon’s departure created.

“The success they have had running the ball did help Iowa somewhat,” Daniels told HawkeyeReport.com. “I know they are a team that likes to run the football and being a running back is what what I do so it’s a great fit for me on the field.”

Daniels, whose father played offensive line at Ohio State, also had offers from Akron and Bowling Green with interest from Wisconsin and Penn State. Daniels will the the sixth running back on Iowa’s roster, joining junior Mark Weisman, who led the Hawkeyes in rushing last season with 815 yards, junior Damon Bullock, who finished with 513 yards, sophomore Jordan Canzeri, who redshirted in ’12 while rehabbing a torn ACL, redshirt freshman Barkley Hill, who also rehabbed a torn ACL, last season and redshirt freshman walk-on Michael Malloy.

Daniels passes the “look” test. He’s a barrel-chested downhill runner who looks like a college running back. From an ESPN.com scouting report: “Looks the part now of a BCS back . . . still needs to work on polishing his run, pass receiving and blocking skills, but we like his upside as an every-down, workhorse-type back or a change-of-pace power guy who can get the tough yards and grind the clock when needed.”

During his visit last weekend, Iowa coaches told Daniels he was what they were looking for in a running back.

“They like how I run downhill and how physical I am through contact,” Daniels told ESPN.com. “They feel that fits well with the offense and what they’re trying to do.”

Daniels is Iowa’s 17th commitment. Head coach Kirk Ferentz has been consistent in his statement of high teens for the 2013 class. Iowa will be able to sign at least 19 when the national signing period begins Feb. 6. Daniels is the lone running back in this class.

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