Earlier in the day, the Des Moines Register reported that Rodney Coe had narrowed down his college choices to Iowa and Illinois.
It was thought that the Edwardsville, Illinois native would remain in his home state, but Rodney Coe has made a verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Coe is a fairly large back, listed at 6'3'' and 240 pounds. With help needed at the running back position, it is very likely that Coe will receive playing time right from the start as a freshman.
Scout.com has Coe ranked as the eleventh best running back in the nation, and listed as a four-star recruit. The website reports that balance, hands and vision are his strengths, while breakaway speed and change of direction are his weaknesses.
Scout.com writer Scott Kennedy describes Coe as "a running back in a defensive end's body. Coe takes a step to get moving, but runs with surprising speed in the open field with his long strides. He uses his long reach well when running the ball by steering would be tacklers to the ground via a well developed stiff arm."
As a junior in high school, Coe ran the ball 106 times for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns. Alabama, Auburn, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma were among some of the other schools in which Coe showed some interest.
With such a large body, Coe may even be used at the fullback position.
Coe is a great pick-up at running back for the Iowa Hawkeyes, after losing the previously committed Melvin Gordon who decided to stay in-state with the Wisconsin Badgers.