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Pennsylvania corner picks the Hawkeyes

Former Hawkeye guides Terry Roberts to Iowa

Terry Roberts during his visit to Iowa last weekend.
Terry Roberts during his visit to Iowa last weekend.

Some of Iowa’s best football players from the early 2000s came from Erie, Pa. Safety Bob Sanders is the king, but there also was wide receiver Ed Hinkel and cornerback Jovon Johnson.

For whatever reason, Iowa lost touch with its Erie connections. Erie running back Greg Garmon spent a season at Iowa before leaving in 2012, and that’s really been it.

Until Monday, that is.

On Saturday, Erie Cathedral Prep cornerback Terry Roberts picked up an offer from Iowa. After returning home, the 5-foot-10, 169-pounder announced Monday that he will follow in the footsteps of Johnson, his mentor, and play football at Iowa.

“They have the best coaching staff in the nation,” Roberts told HawkeyeReport.com. “They make you feel at home and that was special to me. Then once you get on the field, it’s all business. It’s a great program and a winning team.”

Duquesne (Pa.) was the only other offer Roberts had on the table. Iowa QB coach Ken O’Keefe is listed as his lead recruiter. O’Keefe gave Iowa strong recruiting ties to the east during his first stint at Iowa as offensive coordinator (1999-2011).

Roberts has known Johnson for a long time. During that time, the Hawkeye praise from Johnson (a Hawkeye from 2002-05) just kept coming.

Roberts is the seventh commitment for the 2018 class and the first defensive back in the group. Roberts is currently unrated by Rivals.com.

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