The Iowa Hawkeyes have done an excellent job recruiting the state of New Jersey over the last few years, including a commitment from offensive lineman Nyere Aumaitre and defensive back Harold Dalton last year and running back Albert Young in 2003. The Hawkeyes received more good news from the Garden State today.
"I committed to Iowa today," said Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic wideout Marcus Wilson. "I went out for a one-day senior camp and it was my second visit. I really like the coaching staff and the fans love the Hawkeyes here. It's like the pro team for Iowa.
"I also think it's a great atmosphere and it's like little Jersey out here with all the players from my state."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder chose Iowa over offers from Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia and Rutgers among others.
"Coach Darrell Wilson is my uncle and that's also a big help," he said. "He was the one recruiting me and it helps to know someone. He's very excited as well. I think it's a great fit for me."
Wilson had 48 catches for 625 yards and seven scores as a junior. He also had 73 tackles and four interceptions on defense. Wilson didn't plan on making such an early decision.
"I was going to wait until after the season but I wanted to get it over with so I can focus on school and the upcoming season."
Wilson joins defensive tackle Alex Kanellis on the Iowa commitment list for 2005.