Illinois DL does his homework, picks Hawkeyes

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For a breath of fresh air in the world of college football recruiting, click and get to know the newest Iowa Hawkeye.

At his website, Illinois defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie gives you a refreshingly honest and open look into his college football recruiting experience.

Wednesday night's entry starts with this paragraph:

"Many of you may have been perplexed by the title of this blog but, Iím making it my duty to explain it all. If you donít know by now, Iím a committed student-athlete. Yes, I said it, COMMITTED. Has a nice ring to it huh? Well I can only describe it as a sigh of relief. Iím relieved that itís all finally over. Iím practically guaranteed to get into a wonderful college and my spot on a division 1 football team is almost solidified. There couldnít be anything else that is more relieving for a senior in high school who is also an athlete than knowing those two things are for sure."

Ekakitie's final four came down to the Hawkeyes, Boston College, Northwestern and Georgia Tech. He whittled it to BC and Iowa. And then here's the concluding thought from Wednesday night's entry:

"When it came to what Iowa had to offer me academically, they boasted the largest teaching college in the nation for kinesiology- an area of interest for me. At this point you can see where this decision would become extremely difficult for me to make. Here we have two schools that both have tremendous things to offer me. What would be the deciding factor between BC and Iowa? A Gut feeling. Thatís all, not the coaches, players, degrees, or even football. It all really came down to where I truly felt at home. And Iím proud and extremely happy to announce that the gut feeling has led me to continue my career at the University of Iowa."

Check the blog, here's the link.

The blog shows a sound mind. Ekakitie's offers show he's a sound body, at 6-foot-3, 285-pounds.

Ekakitie had 20 offers. Along with the final four, Oregon, Wisconsin, Stanford and West Virginia offered.

Ekakitie is the 13th verbal commitment for Iowa's 2012 class. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Sunday that Iowa likely will award 20 or 21 scholarships for 2012. He's the third four-star prospect the Hawkeyes have landed from Illinois, joining defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson and offensive lineman Ryan Ward, and the fifth overall prospect from the state.

"This past week and a half was probably the most stressing/unhappy week of recruiting for me at least. I canít really speak for everyone else that was involved lol. But I know that it was definitely not a walk in the park for me. As some of you may know, my final list of five schools were; Oregon, Boston College, Northwestern, Iowa, and Georgia Tech. All five great schools in their own ways."

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

Laron Taylor, LB, 6-0, 205, Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.)

Ruben Lile, S, 6-3, 200 Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.)

Greg Mabin, WR, 6-2, 190 Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Daumantas Venckus, DE, 6-4, 220 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.)

Faith Ekakitie, DL, 6-3, 285 Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy

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