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Hawkeyes first commitment is a big one

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Iowa has watched many of their Big Ten brethren get off to fast starts in recruiting for the class of 2013 while waiting patiently to land their first commitment in the class. Wednesday night that wait finally came to an end.
Iowa was the first school to offer Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike defensive end David Kenney back in November, and now they are the last team standing in the four-star prosepct's recruitment.
"David has committed to Iowa," his father, David Kenney Sr. told Rivals.com Wednesday night. "He is on the phone with the coach now."
Shortly after his conversation with the Iowa coaching staff to inform them of his decision, Kenney spoke about his commitment.
"It was just the town itself and all it has to offer," Kenney said. "Then, it is a great program with a great staff."
Kenney knew going into his commitment call with the Iowa coaching staff that he was the first on their board for the 2013 class, and was excited to carry that banner.
"I'm pretty excited to be the first person to finally make the move in my class," Kenney said. "I talked to Coach [Eric] Johnson and he was really excited also. He just said I was their top guy and that they are excited for me to be a Hawkeye."
Kenney was on Iowa's campus Wednesday and went into that visit "about 75 percent" sure he would commit to the Hawkeyes. The chance to get around the campus and the team again cinched the deal.
"I got a good feel for the staff today and for the players," Kenney said. "I saw their ends and they were young, big and strong. Just seeing the coaches coach, seeing the players and being at practice [completed it]."
The 6-2, 240-pound Kenney is a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 238 overall player in the country and the No. 8 weakside defensive end nationally.
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