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Baytown, Texas native Drew Tate
Speaking of which, Iowa had something of a Texas pipeline early in Ferentz's tenure.
Such all-conference Hawkeyes as Jonathan Babineaux, Drew Tate and Scott Chandler hailed from the Lone Star State.
However, lately Texas Hawkeyes have been few and far between. The last high-impact Lone Star Hawkeye was cornerback Charles Godfrey, who graduated in 2007.
A large part of the issue was Iowa's Texas recruiters—former running backs coach Carl Jackson and former defensive line coach Ron Aiken—left the program in 2007 and 2006 respectively. Since then, the primary Texas recruiter has been wide receivers coach Erik Campbell who didn't bring in many players.
Campbell left the staff in this offseason's coaching carousel and was replaced by Bobby Kennedy, a former Longhorns' coach and a man with longstanding ties to Texas.
With Iowa's retreat from Florida recruiting, it becomes imperative that the Hawkeyes mine talent in one of the other top two talent-producing states in the country. As California has never been in Iowa's sights, Texas becomes a priority.
Rivals lists 17 Hawkeyes offers to Texas prospects, which is up one from last year's final count. Presumably, more offers will go out to Texans once the season gets underway.