Wide receiver Adrian Falconer visited Iowa City this weekend and decided to give Iowa a shot.
There are a couple of interesting factors with Falconer’s recruitment: A few years ago much was made of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz publicly acknowledging that Iowa wouldn’t post an assistant coach in Florida and nor would it actively recruit the area. Iowa did, however, keep offering Florida preps and now stands to have its first Florida commitment since QB Jake Rudock and DE Daumantas Venckus-Cuccichara in 2013.
Chris Hays, a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel’s “Florida Recruiting” web site, offers a terrific breakdown of Falconer’s skills here. He writes, “Falconer is gifted in traffic and has great ball skills with the ability to adjust in the air. He has also shown a knack for keeping his route alive when the quarterback gets in trouble.”
Last season for Leesburg (Fla.) High School, Falconer caught 55 passes last season for 714 yards and five touchdowns. Some of Falconer’s other offers included Indiana, Cincinnati, Marshall, Memphis and Southern Miss. Falconer is ranked No. 32 in the Sentinel’s 2015 Super 60. Falconer, who also played linebacker for Leesburg, was recruited to Iowa by running backs and special teams coach Chris White.
Another interesting element of Falconer’s recruitment is that Iowa is being more conservative in the number of receivers it will take in this class. Falconer told HawkeyeReport.com that Iowa will take just two receivers in the 2015 class.
“Out of all the schools recruiting me, Iowa was the one coming at me the hardest, so I felt like they really wanted me here,” Falconer told HawkeyeReport.com. “The wide receivers coach, Coach [Bobby] Kennedy, wanted me bad. He told me this morning he’s bringing in two receivers this year and definitely wants me to be one of them.”
The 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes are the only two that didn’t include at least one Floridian in the Ferentz era. When he starts the 2014 season, quarterback Jake Rudock (Fort Lauderdale) will become the first Floridian to start multiple seasons for the Hawkeyes since linebacker Ed Miles and safety Marcus Paschal finished their careers in ‘06.
Last weekend, Iowa held a summer barbecue, a kind of super-recruiting event. Falconer and his mom made the trip and saw what they needed to see.
“The campus and the city are great, too,” Falconer said. “When I first thought of Iowa, I was thinking about a lot of cornfields and stuff like that, but when I got here and saw how nice the campus and the city were, I just fell in love with it.”
Falconer is commitment No. 10. The weekend also included a commitment from linebacker Justin Jinnings. Commitments now are non-binding. The national signing period begins Feb. 5.
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