The Iowa Hawkeyes continue to ride a wave of momentum on the recruiting trail that started just over two weeks ago with the commitment of their first prospect in the 2013 class. On Monday, the Hawkeye's grabbed commitment No. 6, from Centerville, Ohio defensive tackle Brant Gressel.
"Basically I felt right at home when I was out there and felt like I could fit right in with their defensive scheme," Gressel said following his commitment. "The coaches couldn't have been nicer and welcoming. It was the right time to do it and I feel great about it."
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Gressel is the second defensive tackle to commit to the Hawkeyes this week, joining Howells, Neb., three-star Nathan Bazata. Iowa coaches have told recruits they plan on taking three at the position in the 2013 class.
Gressel had been steadily adding offers over the last several months, and held more than a dozen when he committed to the Hawkeyes on Monday. Among the teams Iowa beat out were Cincinnati, Louisville, Minnesota, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Gressel's commitment comes days after he made an unofficial visit to Iowa City, meeting with coaches and academic personnel, while also touring the campus and stadium. He capped the trip by talking with the Hawkeye's head coach.
"I got to sit down with the head coach, Coach [Kirk] Ferentz, for about thirty or forty minutes and chatted about how the visit went and just kind of talked a little bit and that was about it," Gressel told HawkeyeReport.com following the visit. "I had a great time. It was a great visit."
With Gressel in the mix, Iowa has now picked up six commitments in the 2013 class, including four linemen.