National Signing Day 2012: A Closer Look at Iowa Hawkeyes' Defensive Recruits

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National Signing Day 2012: A Closer Look at Iowa Hawkeyes' Defensive Recruits

Football's second season will end today, and as of right now, Iowa will sign 22 players, though that may change over the course of the next day or two.

Currently, the Hawks expect to have 11 new offensive players and 11 new defensive players on campus in 2012. This article will focus on the defensive side of the ball.

The breakdown of the 11 defensive players are as follows: four defensive linemen, two linebackers, two safeties and three cornerbacks.

For the players' measurables, I used both Scout and Rivals Hawkeye sites, the information on which doesn't always match. Nevertheless, I usually relied on the less "impressive" of the two choices, as players typically inflate their weight, height or 40 time, for obvious reasons.

I split up the offensive and defensive players based on what the scouting sites felt was their primary position; not where I felt they'd end up.

Finally, please don't refer to any of these young men as "studs."

It is not only disturbing, but it is worth making the effort to remember that they are more than pieces of meat.

Tomorrow, I will look over the offensive recruits, as well as any late signees.

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