While there are no guarantees that prospects will pan out at the college level the way that coaching staffs expect them to, it's hard not to get excited about Lawrence Green
. It would appear that the Hawkeyes have once again outdone themselves in the homework department.
Last year, the Hawkeyes surprised some southern schools in accepting the signature of offensive lineman Rashad Dunn, who at 6-foot-3 and 250-pounds was considered smallish by most pundits. Southern schools must have felt the same way, as he did not have any offers from high major schools from the SEC or ACC conferences.
Of course, Dunn has yet to take the field for Iowa, as he is redshirting this year and not every player pans out, but if you asked any Hawkeye coach after Signing Day last year, they would have told you that Dunn was one of the better linemen they had seen on film.
While Iowa has made the final list for perhaps more recognizable names, that will not stop them from searching for talented players. With the Hawks in good status for many of their top targets, some would have assumed there was no reason to make an offer to Lawrence Green. Heck, he only had offers from Connecticut, Louisville, Akron, and Temple to go along with strong interest from West Virginia.
But then, you see the film.
"They (Iowa) told me they were real impressed with my ability to come off the ball, and liked what they had heard about my work ethic," said Green. "They spoke with my coach and were glad to hear him talk about my leadership skills and being a captain on our team."
Green noted he has watched Iowa in earlier games this fall, but the Pennsylvania native watched the battle in State College a bit more closely this past weekend.
"That was a good defensive game for Iowa. I thought the coaches made excellent decisions in that game, including taking the second safety. It was an impressive victory."
Green like any other prospect being recruiting to play offensive line by Iowa, Green has taken notice of Iowa's track record in sending linemen to the NFL.
"They have sent something like eight offensive lineman to the NFL in the past two seasons, and four were drafted. They are one of the best schools in developing offensive linemen, and that is a huge consideration when making my decision," Green said.
Green is tentatively planning on making his official visit to Iowa City on December 17th and while he has not yet seen Iowa City in person, he has heard stories.
"My school's trainer, Jon James, is a former assistant trainer at Iowa. He told me Iowa City is very football oriented," added the 6-4 lineman who has dropped his weight down to 290 during the season. "They really love their football team, and he said the people are very nice. A big thing with my decision will be how comfortable I feel at that school so that was definitely nice to hear."
The state of Pennsylvania has a lot of ties to Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Since returning to Iowa in 1998, Ferentz and his staff have targeted several Keystone State prospects each and every recruiting year. The most recent offer to a PA prep went out to McKeesport offensive lineman Lawrence Green, who informs us on the status of his interest in Iowa and his thoughts on Iowa's victory over Penn State, a game that he saw in person.