February 7, 2007

Hawkeyes land four-star defensive back

What started out as a quiet signing day for the Hawkeyes took a huge turn for the positive this morning as four star prospect Cedric Everson followed his heart and switched his verbal commitment from Michigan State to a signed Letter of Intent to Iowa.

"He had committed to Michigan State, but he told us that all along his heart was with the Hawkeyes and that is where he wanted to sign with Iowa. For him it was always Iowa, his heart was always there. We told him to follow his heart and that it was his decision," said is father, Cedric Jr.

Obviously the Hawkeyes coaches were thrilled when they received the good news on the phone.

"They were ecstatic when we called," he said with a laugh. "They loved Cedric all along, from the very beginning."

The elder Everson said that Iowa has big plans for his son in an Iowa uniform and that could include playing both sides of the football.

"They have him starting out at corner, but they also want to look at him as a punt and kickoff return guy and they are talking about playing him on offense."

Everson also confirmed that his son did make a visit to Iowa, but it was on his own. But, the Iowa coaches did a tremendous job of also selling the family on the Hawkeyes.

"I know the guys on their staff and they are all really good people. Coach Ferentz came out here and sat down with us and he was great with us. The defensive back coach, Phil Parker and Norm Parker were here. I go back with Phil and know him well. They were great with him as well. It was different than with Georgia Tech, where their offensive coordinator was recruiting him. With Iowa, we got to know the guys who would be coaching our son."

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