December 16, 2007

Hawkeyes land sack specialist

No matter what level of football you play or who you are playing against, anytime you can put up 22 sacks in a season, you are doing something pretty special. On Sunday, the Hawkeyes were able to get a verbal commitment from one of those special players as Joe Gaglione said "yes" to the Iowa coaches.

"I gave my commitment to Iowa this weekend," said the 6-foot-3 and 230 pound defensive end from Mentor, Ohio. "I went to Iowa this weekend and the facilities and the stadium are unbelievable. The guys on the team are really great and easy to get along with. This is a great fit for me and I look forward to being a part of it."

Gaglione hails from the same high school at current Hawkeye, Ricky Stanzi, Lake Catholic High School, and was able to spend time with him this weekend.

"Unfortunately, Ricky Stanzi had a test this weekend, so he was not able to host my visit, but we were able to spend a lot of time together. I was hosted by Tyler Sash and Trey Stross and they did a great job of talking about the program," Gaglione said.

One of the big selling points for Gaglione, who had 22 sacks as a senior, was what defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski had to say about getting on the field early on.

"Right now, Coach Kaz told me that I could probably come in and play as a true freshman at defensive end. They are telling me that primarily I can come in right away and be a pass rusher, but I could also be a standup linebacker and rush the passer."

Also helping with the sales pitch was the player panel that Iowa put together, where prospects and their families can ask questions of the current Hawkeye players.

"The thing that stood out to me most on my visit was the player panel, where they had six players who answered questions. They answered a lot of different questions and gave us feedback, which was really helpful," Gagilone said.

With his verbal commitment, is Gaglione done with recruiting?

"I am a solid commit," he said. "I may visit Pittsburgh yet, but I am doubtful about that because I loved Iowa."

Stay tuned for more recruiting coverage from a busy weekend in Iowa City on

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