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Hawkeye basketball plays host to Detroit guard E.C. Matthews

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Iowa football usually gears down its recruiting when the season starts. Still, when you have a rocking Kinnick Stadium, you have to take advantage. publisher Tom Kakert runs down the list of weekend visitors. Also, Iowa basketball plays host to guard E.C. Matthews.

Thanks to Tom for the post!

A big home game with a mid-afternoon start time usually has the potential to be a big recruiting weekend. That will be the case for the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend as they host in-state rival, Iowa State.

However, this big recruiting weekend will have a little twist to it. In the past, this would be a prime opportunity to bring in uncommitted prospects from the class that will be signing in February. With Iowa just about finished in 2013, the Hawkeye coaching staff will be focused on the Class of 2014 on Saturday, hosting seven top prospects for the afternoon.

Of those seven prospects, four of them are from the state of Iowa and two of those players are expected to be in the Rivals 100 before it is all said and done. Leading the list is offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher from Cedar Falls. Pierschbacher says he grew up an Iowa fan, so that will certainly help the Hawkeyes as they battle some tough competition to land his verbal commitment. Also coming in for the Cy-Hawk battle is wide receiver Allen Lazard from Urbandale. Lazard is off to an amazing start to the 2012 high school season and his stock is soaring up the list of the top prospects in the Midwest. Joining those two will be offensive lineman Keegan Render from Indianola and athlete Jay Scheel from La Porte City. All four already hold offers from the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones have offered Lazard, Pierschbacher, and Scheel.

The Hawkeye coaching staff will also be zeroed in on three skill position players with their recruiting efforts this weekend. Indiana wide receivers Dominique Booth and Austin Roberts will be making the trip to Iowa City. Booth is a high school teammate of Iowa commit David Kenney, who will also be making the trip. Running back Jeff Jones from Minneapolis will be driving down on Saturday with Iowa commit Malik Rucker. All three of these prospects already hold offers from the Hawkeyes. Jones and Booth also hold an offer from the Cyclones.

While those 2014 prospects are on campus, expect the Class of 2013 commits to help with the recruiting efforts.  In addition to Kenney and Rucker, Iowa commits John Kenny, Ike Boettger (Pierschbacher’s teammate), Trevon Young, Jon Wisnieski, Matt VandeBerg, and Nic Shimonek. Maybe the most interesting name on that list as it pertains to this weekend is Shimonek, who is Iowa’s quarterback commit in 2013. With several wide receiver prospects in the Class of 2014 on campus, you can bet that Shimonek will be trying to bond with the likes of Lazard, Booth, Roberts, and perhaps Scheel.

The Hawkeye football coaches won’t be the only busy coaching staff this weekend. Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff have one scholarship to give in 2013 and they are hosting an official visitor they hope will be willing to take that spot. The big visitor this weekend is 6-foot-4 combo guard E.C. Matthews from Detroit. This will be the first official visit for Matthews, who is ranked by as the #92 prospect. According to Nate Oates, his coach at Romulus High School, Matthews will also be visiting Marquette in the next two weeks. He is also still considering Minnesota, Xavier, Dayton, and Rhode Island.

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