Recruiting opening provides Ferentz with 'open canvas'

2014-04-29T15:21:00Z 2014-05-01T13:16:28Z Recruiting opening provides Ferentz with 'open canvas'Steve Batterson The Quad-City Times

IOWA CITY — Eric Johnson’s departure from the Iowa football staff is providing coach Kirk Ferentz with a chance to review how Hawkeye recruiting efforts are structured.

Calling it “totally an open canvas,’’ Ferentz plans to take time to study how other programs’ recruiting efforts are staffed and formulate a fit he feels is right for Iowa.

Johnson, who has been Iowa’s recruiting coordinator for the past decade but has overseen many facets of player recruitment throughout his 15 years on the Hawkeyes staff, announced earlier this month that he was leaving intercollegiate athletics to pursue a business opportunity and spend additional time with his family.

In an era when some institutions have built five- or six-member recruiting staffs to oversee many functions Johnson performed at Iowa in addition to assisting as a position coach, Ferentz wants to structure Iowa well for the future.

That will take time, but Ferentz began by dealing with short-term issues as the spring recruiting window opens for college football coaches.

Johnson recruited the St. Louis, Indianapolis and Minneapolis areas and Ferentz said linebackers assistant Jim Reid, who had been recruiting Ohio along with Brian Ferentz, will assume recruiting responsibilities during upcoming weeks in the areas that Johnson covered.

Other assistants will assume territory Reid had recruited and Ferentz said a change in NCAA rules allowing nine coaches to recruit off-campus — two more than in the past — already was adjusting the way Iowa coaches planned to recruit.

“Really, the smart thing to do right now is to make sure everything is covered, make some adjustments and take some time to think about this,’’ Ferentz said. “I want to talk to everybody on the staff and get some ideas. If it means re-tweaking or reshaping, it will give us a chance to discuss those things and not rush into it.’’

It is likely Ferentz will designate one individual as a recruiting coordinator, but he said there could be changes in what that job entails.

“We can tailor the job description or they can learn whatever they have to learn on the run,’’ Ferentz said. “To me, it’s all about getting people that are really going to fit in well. If you look at the guys who have joined us the last two years, it’s kind of a mixed bag, a wide range of prospects if you will, but they have all really fit in well and been great with our players. That’s the ultimate consideration.’’

Johnson’s role included keeping track of eligibility and working to shape Iowa’s recruiting classes, making certain there was a balance between positions over time.

“That was something we’ve all worked together on and really, in everything we do we share as a staff and meet on it and discuss it,’’ Ferentz said. “That won’t change.’’

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Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State 11 a.m.
9/12/2015 at Iowa State 3:30 p.m.
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9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
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10/17/2015 at Northwestern 11 a.m.
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
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11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
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2014 Hawkeyes (7-6)

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8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


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1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28