NCF On The Trail: Jameer Outsey

There are still big holes to fill in recruiting for the 2014 class and top targets still on the board. A lot of position groups are being addressed in recruiting, but not many have been completely filled.

Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the most important position for each Big Ten team in the 2014 class.

Iowa adds three-star linebacker 

August, 18, 2013
Early summer interest has turned into a full commitment for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Back in June, Iowa brought an offer to three-star inside linebacker Aaron Mends (Kansas City, Mo./Winnetonka). Two months later, the 6-foot-1, 204-pound senior became the 12th commitment in the 2014 class for the Hawkeyes, choosing Iowa over Iowa State.

The addition of Mends shows just how serious coach Kirk Ferentz is about filling the middle of the Hawkeyes’ defense.

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Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive end Terrence Harris has never visited Iowa. No big deal, he says.

Harris became the 11th commitment of the Hawkeyes' 2014 class Tuesday.

"Tradition and the staff," are the reasons he pledged to Iowa, Harris wrote in a text message.

Iowa has been a leader for Harris since the coaches offered in the spring, but Harris has yet to make it to campus. He said he will visit Oct. 5. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound lineman also held offers from UMass and Troy.

Harris is the latest in a trend of New Jersey products heading to Iowa City. Jameer Outsey committed to Iowa in June and Quinton Alston and Akrum Wadley are both at Iowa by way of the Garden State.

Hawkeyes land Jersey LB, in-state OL

June, 24, 2013
Jameer Outsey (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) and Keegan Render (Indianola, Iowa/Indianola) have become the seventh and eighth commitments for Iowa, according to media reports.

Outsey tweeted Friday:


The 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker was also offered by Akron, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia showed interest.

Render, a 6-foot-4, 307-pound guard, picked the Hawkeyes over offers from Iowa State and Northern Illinois, along with interest from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The first-team Class 4A all-state selection tweeted Saturday:


Iowa has picked up five of its eight commitments in June.