With National Signing Day just a few days away, the Iowa football secured commitments from three more athletes this weekend, including instate linebacker Josey Jewell.
Jewell, who led Decorah to the Class 3A state championship this past season, committed to the program on Sunday, while the Hawkeyes also got verbals from Akrum Wadley and Anjeus Jones over the weekend, according to HawkeyeInsider.com’s Rob Howe.
“I am very thankful and excited to have the opportunity to become a Hawkeye," Jewell said in a press release from Decorah High. "My teammates, teachers and coaches have done a great deal to help me reach this point. I am hopeful that the lessons learned thus far from them will help me contribute as much as I can to the Iowa football program.”
Jewell is a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who played running back and linebacker for Decorah and earned first team all-state honors the last two seasons. He rushed for 3,240 yards and 42 TDs in those two years and also had 310 tackles on defense.
Jewell, who also stars in basketball, baseball and track, had a scholarship offer from the Northern Iowa Panthers but jumped at the chance to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes, who came in with a late offer as the recruiting season winds down.
Jones had a previous commitment to Colorado State but changed his mind over the weekend after an official visit to Iowa City. He preps at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas, and will play either wide receiver or safety at Iowa.
"I was talking to him and when I looked in his eyes I could tell he was sincere and really wanted me to be a part of the family," Jones said.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Texan also had offers from New Mexico State and Texas Tech. He first committed to New Mexico. He received a late offer from Texas Tech but decided not visit, according to a story written by Howe.
"I wanted to be in a pro-style offense," Jones said about choosing Iowa and not looking at the Red Raiders, who run a spread.
Wadley is a 5-11, 170-pound running back who chose Iowa over Temple. He plays for Weequahic High School in Newark, New Jersey.
Wadley, who recently verbally committed to Temple late last month, first heard from Iowa in mid-December.
"I got a call from Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and he was telling me that they were very interested in me," Wadley said. "He was good friends with (Former Iowa Assistant Frank) Verducci, who told him about me. He told me he was going to stay in contact with me."
Wadley rushed for 1,326 yards and 20 touchdowns on 102 carries as a senior. He also caught nine passes for 171 yards and three scores and returned two punts for touchdowns.
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Iowa’s 2013 Football Class (According to HawkeyeInsider.com)
Pos Rank Name Hometown HT/WT Commit Date
OLB NR Josey Jewell Decorah, Iowa 6-2/200 02/04/2013
WR NR Anjeus Jones Dallas, Texas 6-3/190 02/03/2013
RB NR Akrum Wadley Newark, NJ 5-11/170 02/03/2013
CB 60 Desmond King Detroit, MI 5-11/180 01/27/2013
RB 89 LeShun Daniels Warren, OH 6-0/215 12/14/2012
WR JC Damond Powell Ephraim, UT 5-11/175 12/08/2012
WR 222 Matt VandeBerg Brandon, SD 6-1/170 08/12/2012
TE 24 Jon Wisnieski W Des Moines 6-5/215 07/12/2012
S 39 Solomon Warfield Lakewood, OH 6-0/185 06/24/2012
TE 69 Ike Boettger Cedar Falls, IA 6-5/220 06/24/2012
OG 40 Sean Welsh Springboro, OH 6-3/275 06/22/2012
WR 238 Andre Harris Kirkwood, MO 5-11/160 06/21/2012
S 81 Derrick Mitchell St. Louis, MO 6-1/175 06/21/2012
S 48 Malik Rucker New Hope, MN 6-0/175 06/15/2012
QB 60 Nic Shimonek Corsicana, TX 6-4/188 05/17/2012
OLB 52 John Kenny Carmel, IN 6-2/210 04/27/2012
DT 76 Brant Gressel Centerville, OH 6-2/278 04/23/2012
DT 74 Nathan Bazata Howells, NE 6-2/275 04/22/2012
OG 26 Colin Goebel Naperville, IL 6-4/275 04/21/2012
WR 92 Derrick Willies Rock Island, IL 6-3/190 04/10/2012