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Ohio corner makes it 23 for Iowa

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa –

You can’t have too many cornerbacks, so on the day before the national signing period begins, the Hawkeyes found a third for the 2012 recruiting class.

Sean Draper, of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School, picked the Hawkeyes over Pitt and Louisville, according to Draper, who had 14 offers, earned first team all-combine honors at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January of his junior year. Draper was honorable mention all Northeast Lakes All-District.

The 6-0, 165-pounder is rated as a three-star recruit by and is ranked as the No. 53 cornerback in the country and the No. 48 player in the state of Ohio. midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt wrote: “In Draper, Iowa is getting a long and rangy defensive back who showed out at several off-season camps and combines before having a standout senior season. Draper was named first team all-combine at the prestigious U.S. Army Junior Combine last year.”

At the moment, Iowa has 23 recruits in the 2012 class. Iowa is in contention for two to three more preps.

The national signing period begins tomorrow.


Mitch Keppy, OL, 6-5, 287, Riverdale High School (Port Byron, Ill.)

Cameron Wilson, WR, 6-2, 193, Jerome High School (Dublin, Ohio)

Drew Ott, DE, 6-4, 235, Giltner (Neb.) High School

Maurice Fleming Jr., CB, 6-1, 185, Curie High School (Chicago)

Connor Kornbrath, K/P, 6-7, 210, Bridgeport (W.V.) High School

Jaleel Johnson, DT, 6-4, 290, Montini High School (Westchester, Ill.)

Ryan Ward, OL, 6-6, 270, Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.)

Laron Taylor, LB, 6-0, 205, Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.)

Ruben Lile, S, 6-3, 200 Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.)

Greg Mabin, WR, 6-2, 190 Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Daumantas Venckus, DE, 6-4, 220 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.)

Faith Ekakitie, DL, 6-3, 285 Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy

Kevin Buford, CB, 5-10, 165 Canton (Mich.) High School

Anthony Morgan, S, 6-1, 185 Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)

Tevaun Smith, WR, 6-2, 186 Kent (Conn.) School/Chaminade College High School (Toronto)

Cody Sokol, QB, 6-2, 210 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College

Greg Garmon, RB, 6-2, 200 McDowell High School (Erie, Pa.)

Eric Simmons, OL, 6-3, 300 Iowa Western Community College/Madrid

Barkley Hill, RB, 6-0, 190 Cedar Falls High School

Nate Meier, RB, 6-2, 235 Fremont-Mills High School

Alex Kozan, OG, 6-4, 295 Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

C.J. Beathard, QB, 6-2, 180 Battle Ground Academy (Franklin, Tenn.)

Sean Draper, CB, 6-0, 165 Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School

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