By Pat Harty
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – This past week has been very productive and successful for the Iowa football team, both in terms of the present and the future.
In addition to defeating Northwestern 33-13 last Saturday on homecoming at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa has also received verbal commitments from four high school recruits, including Florida 3-star running back Kamari Moulton, who had previously been committed to Florida Atlantic.
Nebraska offensive lineman Kade Pieper also committed to Iowa on Friday after having previously been committed to North Dakota State.
Iowa also gained verbal commitments from two preferred walk-ons in Cedar Rapids Washington defensive back Watts McBride and West Des Moines Dowling tight end Jalyn Thompson, who is the son of former Iowa basketball player Rod Thompson.
But wait, there’s more as junior college defensive lineman Anterio Thompson committed to Iowa last Saturday, which was his 20th birthday.
Iowa now has 19 players committed to its 2023 recruiting, class but that doesn’t include the walk-ons.
Moulton’s commitment makes up for the loss of Florida running back Kendrick Raphael, who recently de-committed from Iowa, which plays at Purdue on Saturday.
“They were just telling me how I can fit in the program and how much you got to work,” Moulton said in an interview with Hawk Fanatic. “And if everything works out, there’s at least a chance that I can get a shot at the league.”
Moulton was also impressed with what Iowa had to offer from an academic standpoint.
“What I love most about Iowa is that they push their education,” said Moulton, who attends Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s very important for them. It’s more than just football. They want us to succeed after football is over.”
Moulton reported scholarship offers from Syracuse, Akron, Appalachian State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Connecticut, and Toledo.
He is ranked as the No. 69 running back nationally by 247Sports.
Anterio Thompson reportedly picked Iowa over 16 other Division I scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Thompson reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds this past summer.
Thompson attends Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs and is a 2021 graduate of Dubuque Hempstead.