After welcoming hundreds of potential recruits to campus for football camps over the past few weeks, Iowa football coaches are reaping the rewards of their work.
The Hawkeyes added two more players to their 2013 recruiting class Friday, giving them three in a class that numbers 12 verbal commitments and does not yet include an instate prep. Andre Harris, a wide receiver from Kirkwood, Mo., and Sean Welsh, an offensive lineman from Springboro, Ohio, made verbal commitments to Iowa on Friday afternoon.
Harris is the second versatile St. Louis-area prep in as many days to select the Hawkeyes, following a Thursday commitment from Derrick Mitchell Jr. of St. Louis Vashon.
A 5-foot-11, 160-pound wide receiver and defensive back on a 12-1 Kirkwood team that finished as the runner-up in the Missouri Class 5A playoffs last season, Harris caught 22 passes for 288 yards and three scores on offense and totaled 29 tackles and four interceptions while playing in the Kirkwood secondary. His 40-yard dash time of 4.44 seconds equaled the fastest of the day at the Elite Football Combine held in February at Rams Park in suburban St. Louis.
“Iowa recruited me as an athlete, but I think the plan is for them to look at me as a receiver first,” Harris said. “They feel like they have a need there and I feel like it is an area where I can help,” Harris said.
He said the growth of another St. Louis area native, 2011 Big Ten receiver of the year Marvin McNutt, during his time at Iowa was a factor in his decision.
“To see what he did there says something about the way they develop receivers. I want to be a part of that,” said Harris, who selected Iowa over Illinois.
Welsh returned home from his visit to Iowa this week, but not before he posed for a picture on the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City wearing an Iowa T-shirt with the gold dome of the Old Capitol over his shoulder. The 6-3, 275-pounder is rated by Rivals.com as the 31st-best guard prospect in the Class of 2013 and he had no shortage of options before posting on his Twitter account Friday: “Just committed to the University of Iowa.”
Welsh had offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Miami (Ohio), Toledo and West Virginia before selecting Iowa, where he was recruited by Brian Ferentz.