It's Iowa for Outsey

It's Iowa for Outsey

Iowa locked up its seventh known verbal commitment on Friday when NJ OLB Jameer Outsey announced his Hawkeye pledge.

Jameer Outsey knew very little about Iowa when assistant Chris White visited his school in the spring. The coach began educating the New Jersey linebacker about the Big Ten program. They built a relationship over the last several months.

White must have made a good impression with his crash course on the Hawkeyes. Friday, Outsey verbally committed to them.

"He's a great guy," Outsey said. "We had been (directing messaging) on Twitter just about every day. I really got comfortable with him and the other coaches there."

Outsey chose Iowa ahead of reported offers from Pittsburgh, Temple, Akron and Buffalo. He camped with Michigan State last week and the Spartans had shown increased interest.

Outsey committed to Iowa without having visited the school. Hawkeye Linebacker Quinton Alston, also a New Jersey native, did the same thing after he de-committed from Pitt.

"I'm not worried about it at all," Outsey said. "I love all of the coaches there and feel comfortable with the decision. I've talked to people that have been out there. It's a great school and a great program and I know I'm going to love it."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Outsey brought the Hawkeyes Class of 2014 to seven known commitments. They've secured three in-state pledges and one each from New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio and Texas.

Iowa enters summer camp with three seniors slated to start at linebacker. Top backup, Quinton Alston, is a junior.

The Hawkeyes have signed a combined four linebackers in their last two recruiting classes. Outsey became the first commitment at the position in '14.

Rutgers and Virginia also pursued Outsey, who hails from talent-rich Franklin High in Somerset. Temple offered the versatile athlete at tight end while Michigan State saw him as a defensive end.

Outsey's recruitment was gaining momentum. Chances were that other schools would have offered him a scholarship.

"I read a recruiting article that said if a school loves you and you love them, why wait (to commit)," Outsey said. "I honestly thought about that a lot lately. It hit me.

"I felt like Iowa was that school."

White, who joined the staff this winter on the back of coaching the Minnesota Vikings special teams, was given the Northeast area to recruit. He's done well so far, also securing a verbal from Maryland defensive back Omar Truitt, who is visiting Iowa for the first time this weekend.

Iowa being half a country away from New Jersey is what delayed Outsey from committing earlier. He needed to convince his mother that it was the right decision.

"She questioned it at first but after I explained it to her she supported me," he said. "It's a relief to have my choice made. Now I can just focus on ball."

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