The Hawkeyes get a 'Kick!' with LB Outsey
NJ linebacker Outsey jumps on Hawkeyes offer without a campus visit
Jameer Outsey's Twitter handle is "Kick!"
The 6-3, 220-pounder isn't a kicker. He's a linebacker and that's all the better for the Hawkeyes, who'll say goodbye to three senior starters at linebacker this fall. The Somerset, N.J., announced on his Twitter feed Friday night that he picked the Hawkeyes over Pittsburgh. He also had offers from Akron and Buffalo.
— Kick! (@Flacko_4) June 22, 2013
Outsey told HawkeyeReport.com that Iowa, and assistant Chris White, caught his attention early on and that it wasn't much of a decision.
"It was always Iowa," Outsey said. "I love the coaching staff, I love the program, and I love how coach Kirk Ferentz has been there for so long. I just love everything about it." Outsey helped Franklin High School to the New Jersey North 2, Group 5 seminfinals with 15 receptions for 223 yards and a TD, he had 39 tackles with five sacks and an interception.
Outsey woke up college coaches with impressive showings in spring camps. All four of his offers came after spring evaluation. Outsey also is the second recruit White, who's in his first year as special teams coordinator and running backs coach, sold Iowa to without a visit.
Outsey said he expects to visit Iowa City this fall.
"I just felt like it's the right place and I know what to expect there," Outsey said. "I know it's not going to be like a big city or anything, but I think it will be a better opportunity for me to stay focused and keep out any distractions."
The day after he committed to Iowa, Outsey participated in the Rutgers passing camp. From Rivals.com: "[Outsey] showed up looking all of the 6-foot-3 he is listed at and has a great frame for the Hawkeyes staff to fill out. Outsey was one of the top linebackers at the camp Saturday and he also played some tight end. On one play he made an impressive catch in traffic, going up and snagging the ball away from three defenders." Outsey was rated the No. 6 performer at the camp.
This always is subject to change, but for now, Outsey is being brought in as an outside linebacker. Part of the sales for Iowa was the possibility of early playing time. So, yes, Iowa outside linebacker could theoretically transition from Christian Kirskey to Jameer Outsey.
"He [White] said there's a great opportunity to play at my position, outside linebacker," Outsey said. "He said I've just got to go in there, work hard, and see what happens."
Outsey, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, was the seventh commitment for Iowa's 2014 recruiting class.
Ross Pierschbacher, OL, 6-4, 275 Cedar Falls High School ****
Jay Scheel, QB 6-2, 170 Union High School (La Porte City) ****
Lucas LeGrand, OL, 6-5, 260 Dubuque Senior High School ***
Omar Truitt, CB, 5-11, 185, St. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) ***
C.J. Hilliard, RB, 5-9, 192, St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) ***
Jyaz Jones, S, 6-0, 172, South Oak Cliff High School (Dallas, Texas) **
Jameer Outsey, OLB, 6-3, 220, Franklin High School (Somerset, N.J.) ***
* — Rivals.com star rating
There aren't a lot of video results for Outsey right now.
-- Here's a link to the Rivals.com video. A lot of TE action here. Mostly TE action. In that regard, Outsey is a big target and uses his body well. Outsey called himself more of a blocking TE and, in that regard, he's willing and pretty good in space. Could use work on head and hand placement. The defense kicks in about 2:30 in. Franklin used Outsey as a stand-up DE and as a three-tech DT. There's a play just before the three-minute mark that shows really great burst from that spot. Keeps his feet moving and tracks well. Keeps head up and form tackles when possible.
-- Here's a link to some of the same type of video on Hudl. Watch these and you might see a future for Outsey on the D-line, likely as a DE who can pass rush. Iowa missed on DEs in the '13 recruiting class.