Ward, Malloy make it eight

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Sioux City Heelan's Michael Malloy ran through the recruit "car wash" in Iowa City on Monday.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder met with running backs coach Lester Erb, a couple other Iowa coaches and then he met with a players panel that included quarterback James Vandenberg and wide receiver Keenan Davis, according to HawkeyeReport.com.

After all that, he had a meeting with head coach Kirk Ferentz and told him he was in.

Malloy, who earned first team all-state honors as a running back with 207 carries for 1,668 yards and 29 touchdowns, is Iowa's eighth commitment.

Offensive lineman Ryan Ward, a 6-foot-6, 270-pounder from Providence Catholic in New Lenox, Ill., committed late last week, according to his coach Mark Coglianese.

"I think that Iowa's going to be a great fit for him," Coglianese told HawkeyeReport.com. "The Iowa football program is known for having a good offensive line and he's a big, physical offensive lineman. Plus, he's a Big Ten kid. His dad played at Illinois and his brother plays at Northwestern and now he'll be at Iowa, so it's a Big Ten family."

Malloy, whose only other offer was from South Dakota, averaged 8.1 yards a carry for Heelan, which finished 12-2 and lost to Solon in the 3A state final. He also averaged 8.1 yards on 26 receptions with two more TDs.

Iowa told him he'll either be a wide receiver or running back and that will be decided when he arrives next fall.

"That's fine by me," said Malloy, who also had interest from Wisconsin and Iowa State. "I would pick running back if it was my choice, but if it's not there then I'd prefer to stay on the offensive side of the ball, so wide receiver would be OK too. Whatever I can do to get on the field."

Malloy is Iowa's first '12 commitment from the state.

Ward had nine scholarship offers, including Northwestern, Michigan State, Illinois and Boston College. Ward's brother, Patrick, will start for Northwestern at right tackle this fall.

"He really progressed and developed a great deal his junior year," Coglianese said. "We play a tough schedule, so there's not an easy game all season, and he just kept getting better and better every week, which helped him gain a lot of confidence."

Providence Catholic is the alma mater of former Iowa all-American and Cleveland Brown Eric Steinbach.

HawkeyeReport.com's Tom Kakert writes the "Who's Next" post for his site. On Iowa's last three commits, Tom is 3-for-3 with the photo he's picked for Iowa's next. I asked him who's going up on that post next?

"I'd say OL Jonah Pirsig, because he's going to announce this week, but I think he's a Gopher," Tom wrote in an e-mail. "Best bet is probably LB LaRon Taylor, but people won't like that because he isn't deciding for about a month. Might go with DT Nate Lohn just for fun."

Mitch Keppy, OL, 6-5, 287, Riverdale High School (Port Byron, Ill.)

Cameron Wilson, WR, 6-2, 193, Jerome High School (Dublin, Ohio)

Drew Ott, DE, 6-4, 235, Giltner (Neb.) High School

Maurice Fleming Jr., CB, 6-1, 185, Curie High School (Chicago)

Connor Kornbrath, K/P, 6-7, 210, Bridgeport (W.V.) High School

Jaleel Johnson, DT, 6-4, 290, Montini High School (Westchester, Ill.)

Ryan Ward, OL, 6-6, 270,  Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.)

Michael Malloy, RB/WR, 6-0, 180, Sioux City Heelan

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