It's Iowa for Garmon

Iowa moved into the lead for '12 running back Greg Garmon after his official visit in mid-October. The Hawkeyes held off late challenges from Miami and Arkansas to earn a verbal commitment from the Pennsylvania product on Tuesday night.

Iowa showed Greg Garmon the type of attention to let him know he was wanted. Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe and Head Coach Kirk Ferentz led the way in recruiting the 2012 running back from Erie, Pa.

Garmon said during the season that he talked with Ferentz every time the Hawkeyes spoke to him. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from McDowell Senior High School has listed them as his leader since officially visiting Iowa City on Oct. 15.

A lot of schools took a run at Garmon, including a hard push by Miami and Arkansas late in the process. In the end, he trusted a coaching staff that has done well in his hometown with guys like, Bob Sanders, Jovon Johnson and Ed Hinkel.

Garmon announced his decision to attend Iowa during Tuesday night's Semper Fidelis All-Star game in Phoenix.

"I will be attending the University of Iowa with Coach Ferentz," Garmon said on CBS Sports Network as he put on a Hawkeye cap. "Those running backs get all the balls. That's all I need."

Garmon cited Iowa's proficiency for producing NFL players as the reason he chose Iowa.

"It was better than I expected," Garmon said after an unofficial visit to Iowa in August. "The thing that I love is how they still love Bob Sanders. They have pictures of him from when he was there all over the place and speak highly of him.

"Bob made it out of (Erie) and really is the only one to make it big. When people talk about football in Erie, they talk about Bob."

The Iowa coaches have shown Garmon how he would fit into the Hawkeye offense.

"I could tell right away that I would fit in good," he said earlier this year. "They also showed me some film of when Shonn Greene was there, how they just pounded the ball against Purdue. They just pounded at the end of the game, the whole series. They didn't pass it.

"They run the ball a lot. As a running back, that's what you like to see."

Scout.com rates Garmon as a four-star prospect on a five-star scale. The service ranks him as the No. 12 running back nationally in the '12 class.

Garmon is believed to be the 18th verbal commitment in Iowa's '12 class.