For the second time in as many days, Iowa picked up a commitment from a Class of 2013 St. Louis receiver. It probably helped that the school's all-time leading wideout hails from the Gateway to the West.
Marvin McNutt set most every major record for the Hawkeyes before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in April. Fellow St. Louis native and Iowa alum Adrian Clayborn, a defensive end, was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft by Tampa Bay.
Friday, Andre Harris from Kirkwood Senior High pledged to the Hawkeyes a day after Vashon's Derrick Mitchell Jr. did the same thing.
"I took a visit (Thursday) and liked what I saw," the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Harris said. "My family felt like that was a good place for me. I felt it was a good opportunity.
"(The Iowa coaches) were very happy. They said that it was good news to them."
Harris picked Iowa ahead of an offer from Illinois.
Harris and his family spent all of Thursday learning about Iowa.
"I got to see everything from the athletics to the academics," he said. "They took me around the whole campus."
Harris reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds. He also competes in the open 200, 4x100 and 4x100 for the Kirkwood track team.
"(The Hawkeyes) offered me as an athlete but I think they want me to play receiver," Harris said. "I feel like I can make plays"
Harris, who still is undecided on a major, said Iowa began recruiting him towards the end of his school year. Hawkeye Assistant Eric Johnson visited with him this spring at Kirkwood, he said.
Though he never met McNutt or Clayborn, Harris is comforted by what they did at Iowa.
"It's nice knowing that guys from here have been successful there," he said.