Illinois OL picks the Hawkeyes

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This is how Iowa's new recruiting set-up could work.

During his March visit to Iowa City, Naperville (Ill.) North offensive lineman Colin Goebel met with new O-line coach Brian Ferentz. They talked about Iowa's tradition on the offensive line, something Ferentz knows well as a three-year starter.

"He definitely knows his stuff and he's definitely going to keep the Iowa offensive linemen tradition going strong by what he teaches," Goebel told "He went to Iowa and played offensive line, so he knows what he's talking about and teaching to his players."

That was Ferentz's answer to the recruiting question, nearly verbatim, when he was hired at Iowa from the New England Patriots.

Goebel, 6-4, 275 pounds, nearly committed in March. He visited last weekend and pulled the trigger, becoming Iowa's fourth commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.

Goebel,†the DuPage Valley Conferenceís Offensive Lineman of the Year as a junior, picked the Hawkeyes over 12 other scholarship offers including Illinois, Miami (Fla.) and West Virginia. He also received interest from Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue.

"Iowa has a great reputation of developing offensive linemen and it seems like every year they send one or two offensive linemen into the NFL," Goebel said. "I know that Iowa will help me reach my goals. I also know that I will also get a great education at Iowa. I'm also excited for my family because Iowa is just three hours from home and they can come out and see me play in college. Iowa is pretty close to home and that was another big factor for me."

Goebel has clearly done some homework. His recruitment was a team effort. Running backs coach Lester Erb recruits the Chicago/Illinois area. Of course, an offensive lineman is going to want to meet his position coach.

Iowa has 14 offensive linemen on scholarship with six going into their junior or senior seasons.

David Kenney, DE, 6-2, 250 Pike High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) ****

Derrick Willies, WR, 6-3, 190 Rock Island (Ill.) High School ***

Delano Hill, FS, 6-1, 190 Cass Tech High School (Detroit, Mich.) ***

Colin Goebel, OL 6-4, 275 Naperville (Ill.) North High School ***

* = Rivals.comís star rating

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