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Vic Roe high on Hawkeyes after Iowa visit

11/11/2012

During a visit to the Iowa game Saturday, Carmel (Ind.) junior defensive tackle Vic Roe texted teammate John Kenny about his experience in Kinnick Stadium.

“I was talking to Kenny about it and said, ‘It’s so awesome,’ ” Roe said. “He’s like, ‘Yeah I know. You should go there.’ ”

Kenny is committed to Iowa, and although Roe does not have an offer from the Hawkeyes, they made a big impression on him and are right around the top of his list.

Roe did not expect the Hawkeyes to move so fast and far up his list. Despite Kenny’s commitment to the Hawkeyes and the emphasis Iowa places on the Indianapolis area, Roe was not hearing much from the Iowa staff. So, he was surprised Saturday when the Iowa coaches showed him as much attention as they did.

“I hadn’t thought much about Iowa because of the little contact,” Roe said. “But after the visit they’ve made their way into the top of my list. They’re right up there with Wisconsin and Michigan State as my favorites right now.”

Iowa assistants Eric Johnson and Reese Morgan talked at length with the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Roe about his season at Carmel. As far as where Roe stands with the Iowa staff, Johnson and Morgan said the focus is turning around the Hawkeyes’ 4-6 season before putting an emphasis on the 2014 class.

Despite the 4-6 season, Roe was blown away by the passion of the fan base in Iowa City.

“It was awesome. The only part of the stands that weren’t packed was the Purdue section and before the game I was on the field and the students started chanting come to Iowa,” Roe said. “It was real cool there. It was exciting to be there.”

Roe visited Michigan State on Nov. 3 and will visit Purdue for the Boilermakers’ season finale on Nov. 24.