Iowa added it’s fourth commitment in the 2017 Class on Saturday. And the Hawkeyes didn’t have to go far to get it.
Solon Tight End/Linebacker Jacob Coons (6-4, 220) accepted a scholarship offer from Iowa, according to his high school head coach Kevin Miller. Coons also reported a scholarship offer from Iowa State and interest from other schools in the Big Ten and Big 12.
“It’s nice to have a kid like Jacob on your football team because he’s a leader and just makes people around him better,” Miller said during an interview with me in August.
“He’s a big-framed athlete that possesses various skills sets. Iowa recognized that as did Iowa State. He’s a very grounded individual to begin with that has a high level of character so when you have individuals like that, you don’t get too concerned."
I caught up with Miller again Saturday shortly after Coon’s commitment and he was proud of his standout.
"He’s a high-character guy who puts in the extra work and is a four-sport athlete who is very involved in the community. He represents our program the right way and does things the right way," Miller said.
Miller said Coons suffered a high-ankle sprain early in the ’16 season and never fully recovered. He completed his junior campaign with 10 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He added 20 tackles (three for loss), a sack and returned a recovered fumble 37 yards for a score.
Coons visited Kinnick Stadium for several Hawkeye home games this fall. After picking up a scholarship offer in June, he continued to build his relationship with the coaching staff.
"At the end of the day, Jacob felt good about the quality of the people and stability of the Iowa program," Miller said. "We have a lot of respect for the program as well."
Iowa Kicker Marshall Koehn came from the Spartan program, located about 12 miles north of Iowa City, as did former standout linebacker James Morris, now with the NFL’s New York Giants. Solon’s Jacob Black walked onto the team as a defensive back this fall.
Miller said Iowa is open about which position Coons will play in college. He still has another year of high school football.
"He’s such a good athlete he can play tight end or (offensive) tackle or defensive end or linebacker. He’s long and athletic and has great potential," Miller said.