December 28, 2007

Hawkeyes land Florida RB

When Florida running back Jeff Brinson said earlier this week that he was close to making his college decision, he was not joking around. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Brinson made the call today to the Iowa coaching staff and gave his verbal commitment.

As a senior, Brinson racked up 1,906 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns at St. Petersburg Northeast High School. The Hawkeyes, who offered the three-star prospect back in the spring, had him in for an official visit two weeks ago, which really opened his eyes.

After the visit, Brinson left Iowa City with the Hawkeyes at the top of his list, but wanted to talk things over with his family before making any decisions. After discussing things over the holiday break, the Florida native decided his heart was at Iowa.

While Brinson received scholarship offers from Florida, Kansas, Michigan State, Purdue, and several others during the recruiting process, it was Iowa recruiting him the hardest. With the Hawkeyes graduating their top two running backs, and not much depth behind them, there should be an opportunity for a freshman to play early next year.

In Brinson, the Hawkeyes are getting a running back that finished among the rushing leaders in the state of Florida despite missing three games this season.

Ranked by as the No. 45 running back in the nation, Brinson said he feels relieved to get the weight of the recruiting process off his shoulders.

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