(Be sure to be here between 5:00 and 5:30 pm today for a full transcript of Kirk Ferentz's Signing Day Press Conference from the site that started the tradition of press conference transcriptions)
Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter (6'2 220) is undoubtedly one of the gems in the Hawkeye recruiting class of 2006. The four-star linebacker, who joins fellow four-star commitments Adrian Clayborn, A.J. Edds, and Ryan Donahue, will sign his letter of intent with the Hawkeyes on Wednesday morning before departing to New York City to do a television show.
"I knew two weeks before I announced (on ESPNU) that Iowa is where I wanted to go," said Hunter, who made official visits to Tennessee, UCONN and Penn State, in addition to his official visit to Iowa on October 18th. "Iowa's Strength and Conditioning program really stood out. NFL scouts think highly of their program and it shows at the combine with their athletes' results due to the work they put in at Iowa. It really tells the story of their strength and conditioning program."
Hunter will play the WILL linebacker position, which is vacant after the departure of First-Team All-Big Ten linebacker Chad Greenway.
"I like their WILL position because it needs someone athletic enough to play it and that fits me very well. They really give their WILL backer a lot of freedom and the ability to roam around make plays. I won't have to worry about lineman being all over me, they'll have four defensive linemen capable of taking away all the blockers," Hunter stated.
More than anything, Hunter appreciated Iowa's stance of allowing him to take the necessary time he needed to make his decision.
"Iowa didn't pressure me at all, and that was different from the other schools," added Hunter, who as a junior, recorded 133 tackles, five interceptions (two returned for TDs), five sacks and ten tackles for loss. "I never felt rushed with Iowa. They are confident but not cocky. They basically tell you what they have and if it's not good enough for you, then you need to move on. They didn't give me any big-time facts or sell me on ideas. They gave me real important information that I could base my decision on."
Our conversation with Hunter also covered such ground like what some schools were saying about Iowa during the recruiting process, when he actually realized that Iowa was the school for him and the revelations he had that brought him to that decision, his thoughts on playing next year or early in his career, why he chose Iowa over Penn State, the differences he sees between Iowa City and where he is from and why he is eager for that challenge as well as how his decision might affect the decision of his younger brother who is a blue-chip Junior prospect.
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We are already rolling out coverage of the Class of 2007 prospects (such as our story from today on North Kansas City's Jayson Palmgren, one of the Midwest's best offensive linemen and a player that Iowa offered first, which you can read HERE), and you also only have two weeks to get signed up to receive our highly anticipated Hawkeye Football Recruiting Edition of Hawkeye Nation Magazine, so now is the perfect time to jump on board. Recruiting season is never over at Hawkeye Nation; signing day is an end to one class and the start of the next, so don't miss out on all of the fun.
Gary Dolphin, Bobby Hansen & Ed Podolak invite their friends in the Hawkeye Nation to join them for their first "Gary & Ed Hawkeye Get-Away". The destination is Club del Mar, Jaco Beach which is owned by Ed Podolak and his partners. It's where Ed goes to play. You can enjoy activities which include deep sea fishing, surfing, golf, white water rafting, canopy tours, horseback riding, or just lounging at the pool with Gary, Bobby and Ed.