Iowa Picks Up Three More Big Recruits

Spencer RoachCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Iowa picked up three more big recruits over the past week or two, getting St. Louis teammates Don Shumpert (ATH) and Christian Kirksey (ATH) to pledge black and gold along with RB Marcus Coker.  Just as the Hawkeyes' recruiting looked like it was slowing a bit, these three players committed to Iowa within three days of each other (Shumpert and Kirksey committed on the same day).  Enjoy this breakdown of each recruit.

Don Shumpert, ATH (6 foot 2' inches, 185 lbs)- St. Louis, Missouri

Shumpert is a three-star recruit according to ESPN and Rivals.  ESPN gave him a grade of 78, which means he's considered a good prospect- he's almost considered "outstanding" and a four star, but not quite.  He was given a Rivals rating of 5.7, which means he's considered one of the region's best prospects- he's almost considered an All-American prospect.

ESPN currently has him listed as the 31st best safety in the nation and says this about him: "Shumpert is a versatile wide receiver and safety that has outstanding ball skills. He is tall and stout with good speed and acceleration. As a safety, very solid at both run support and pass defense.

As a free safety, he is a very good centerfielder that breaks quickly on the deep ball and intermediate routes. Has the speed and athleticism to bring the interception back for positive yards or tho the house. As a strong safety closes quickly on the ball carrier and covers a lot of territory to make big-time perimeter plays. Tough guy that likes to hit but must be careful not to dive tackle; needs to run through the hit and take the extra step. A talented receiver that has very sure hands and runs solid routes especially along the sideline; very percise on the comeback route. Catches the ball in a crowd and can break tackles to turn the reception into a big play. Shumpert can truly accel either side of the football at the next level."  Rivals have him listed as the 39th best athlete in the nation and the 8th best prospect from Missouri.

Christian Kirksey, ATH (6 foot 2' inches, 200 lbs)- St. Louis, Missouri

ESPN currently doesn't have a rating or information for Kirksey, but Rivals has him listed as a three-star recruit.  They have also given him a 5.6 rating, which means he's considered one of the best prospects in the region.

Rivals also has Kirksey ranked as the 14th best prospect from Missouri.

Marcus Coker, RB (6 foot 1 inch, 225 lbs)- Hyattsville, Maryland

ESPN and Rivals both have Coker listed as a three-star recruit.  He was given a grade of 78 from ESPN, which means he's considered a good prospect- almost an outstanding prospect and a four star, just like Shumpert, but not quite.  He was given a Rivals rating of 5.5, which means he's considered one of the region's best prospects.

ESPN says this about Coker: "If you are a program looking for an under-the-radar, downhill power-runner and a guy to carry the load for your offense -- Coker is your guy. He is tall, thickly-built but still very compact in body structure and runs with very good shoulder lean. Has a wade base and low center of gravity to assist his power. Presses the hole with good urgency and looks to get north-south. Shows adequate lateral quicks for his size bouncing laterally or making the first defender miss through the hole but his production stems off squaring his shoulder pads up and getting downhill. Shows good burst out of his cuts to help power through initial contact. Consistently runs through arm-tackles with his strong, explosive lower-body and great leg drive. Wide lower base gives him great balance and the ability to bounce off a lot of tackles. Runs with a very low to the ground for a taller back and does not open himself up for many clean shots.

A nightmare for smaller defensive backs to come up and tackle when he breaks free in the second level with a full head of steam. Flashes and explosive stiff arm and will initiate the contact. However, he will not separate from many defensive backs at the major D-I level or elude them with his marginal movement skills and hip-fluidity. This is a guy who loses speed and power when he tries to cut laterally and does not have great zone cutback type tools or skill set. That said he can wear down a defense with his consistent downhill power and durability. Shows he can be a devastating blocker as well giving him the versatility to play fullback and not be a liability in pass pro as a single back. Overall, you have to appreciate Coker's size, strength, toughness and overall effort as downhill back.

A sleeper at this time on the recruiting trail but could emerge with a big senior season. All the physical attributes to get recruited as a linebacker as well.  Rushed for 1,174 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2008." He is listed as the 33rd best running back in the nation on ESPN, and the 20th best player in the state of Maryland by Rivals.

Iowa's recruiting class is now up to 13 prospects.  They are ranked 31st on Rivals.com's top classes for 2010.  No matter where they're ranked, this class has gotten a lot for Iowa and will continue to grow to be very good.  


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