Iowa’s search for playmakers resulted in two commitments from across the country this weekend.
Texas wide receiver Anjeus Jones and New Jersey running back Akrum Wadley switched previous verbal commitments to join a Hawkeyes football recruiting class that now numbers 18.
Jones, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound Dallas native, and Wadley, a 5-10, 175-pound back from Newark, N.J., welcomed the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten. Jones had made previous commitments to New Mexico State and most recently Colorado State, while Wadley made a verbal commitment to Temple in mid-January.
“This is it,” said Jones, who visited Iowa City over the weekend and turned down a late invitation to visit Texas Tech. “It’s been tough. There are a lot of good schools, good coaches, but after visiting, Iowa is the place for me.”
Mostly, the South Oak Cliff High School standout liked the possibilities for him within the structure of the Iowa offense.
“I see myself in a pro-style attack. I feel like that’s what I’m made for and I feel like Iowa’s system is something I can move into pretty easy,” Jones said. “They said they need some receivers like me, and I need a system like the one they run.”
Wadley attends University High School in Newark, a public college preparatory school that does not field a football team, so he earned second-team all-state honors as a running back at nearby Weequahic High School.
Rushing for 1,500 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns last fall, Wadley had attracted recruiting interest from Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Maine and Delaware State before committing to Temple on Jan. 21.
He switched his commitment after a visit to Iowa and a visit to his school by Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz last week.
“It’s the Big Ten, and I want to compete at the highest level,” Wadley told the Newark Star-Ledger.
Both players plan to sign with Iowa on Wednesday, the first day current high school seniors can put their signatures on binding letters of intent.
Jones is one of five players who have played receiver to commit to Iowa, while Wadley is the second running back to announce intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes.