The Iowa Hawkeyes continued to build recruiting momentum on Friday, picking up their seventh commitment in the last three weeks. The latest addition is Carmel, Ind., linebacker John Kenny.
"I decided earlier in the week that I was going to commit," Kenny said. "I just really felt at home there when I visited and they've been recruiting me really hard. They told me I was one of their top prospects for this class. They have always been a good team in the Big Ten, so it's awesome to get an opportunity to play for them."
Although Kenny knew for several days of his decision to be a Hawkeye, he waited until Friday to let the coaching staff know.
"Today, Coach [LeVar] Woods, the linebackers coach, and Coach [Eric] Johnson were in school," Kenny said. "I told Coach [Kevin] Wright, my high school coach, that I was going to commit so he passed the news on to them."
Kenny's commitment appeared to be a foregone conclusion once the three-star linebacker took an unofficial visit to Iowa City for the Hawkeye's spring game earlier this month.
"It was just an awesome atmosphere in Iowa City," Kenny said. "Their spring game and their fan base was just amazing. They didn't have an off year last year, but it wasn't their best, but I think in a couple years they are going to be really good again. I'm just excited to have a chance to play for them. They are getting a bunch of new facilities and their coaches are just great people."
Kenny held offers from close to a dozen schools before committing to Iowa. The Hawkeye's have plans for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect in their linebacker corps.
"They are projecting me as an outside linebacker to start out with - either the Leo or the Will, but mostly the Leo," Kenny said. "If I am comfortable enough with the defense, they see me playing middle too. So it could be all three positions, they said, based on my athletic ability."
For Iowa, Kenny is commitment No. 7, with each prospect joining the 2013 class since April 4. Kenny is also the second Indianapolis-area commitment for the Hawkeyes in that stretch, and he hopes to keep the momentum going.
"David Kenney, who committed earlier, is one of my good friends and I've talked to Colin Goebel who committed out of Naperville," Kenny said. "The other prospects I know who are interested, I'll be Facebooking them or messaging them, at least to have them take the opportunity to visit because once you get on campus it's just awesome."
Now that he has his decision behind him, Kenny plans to refocus on his off-season training and prepare to lead Carmel High to another state title. He is expected to graduate next winter and enroll at Iowa in January.