Iowa has grabbed one of the state of Minnesota's top prospects in the 2013 class in safety Malik Rucker. They would love to have an encore in the 2014 class with Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn running back Jeff Jones.
Iowa is one of six schools that has already offered the 6-foot, 190-pound Jones, and on Saturday he made a visit to Iowa City to see the Hawkeyes take down his home-state Minnesota Golden Gophers.
"It was a pretty good game and the crowd was in it," Jones said. "They had a packed house it seems they all cared about football."
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For Jones, Saturday was his first game visit to Iowa City, though he had visited the school for a junior day last winter. One thing he took away from Saturday's game was Iowa's proficiency with the running game.
"Their starting running back got injured so they have been playing with their fullback, but he had 200 yards two weeks straight," Jones noted. "That says a lot about their line.
"They have a great running game and there are a lot of big plays from the running back."
Jones had a chance while on the visit to meet face-to-face with the Iowa coaching staff - which he has kept in close contact with this month.
"I mostly was talking with Coach [Eric] Johnson," Jones said. "They always write me letters and Coach Johnson hits me up on Facebook all the time."
Jones has no other game visits scheduled at this time, but said he would like to see Michigan State and Wisconsin before the fall is out.
After missing several early season games, Jones is starting to get into a rhythm and reported that he rushed for close to 200 yards and three touchdowns on Friday.