Welcome to the new Friday Five. Five thoughts on five Iowa topics, regardless of sport.
1. Just how great would a Sachse Texas pipeline be for Iowa?
By now you know I'm basically the conductor of the Devine Ozigbo to Iowa train, and for good reason. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: The kid just looks like he could be a big-time running back for the Hawkeyes.
He's bulked up to 225 pounds, but if he still has the same speed, agility and ability out of the backfield as he did at 215, he's going to be special.
Bobby Kennedy is obviously making Sachse high school a big priority, and that's evident in the fact that he offered 2016 5-star wideout Devin Duvernay, and 4-star cornerback Jared Mayden; both from SHS.
Let's say Iowa can land Ozigbo, which I think there's a good possibility. That instantly gives the Hawks a connection to two very talented 2016 receivers, and the impact of that could be limitless. Sachse will keep producing good players. If Iowa can get in with that school and specially that region down in Texas, we could be looking at a recruiting game-changer.
If you're an Iowa fan, you've gotta be excited that the Hawks are making a concentrated effort to really do big things down in Texas.
2. Recruits Like That Fran McCaffery Will Fight For Them:
I was talking with new 2015 basketball commitment Andrew Francis on last week's VOTH Podcast, and he brought up McCaffery's passion and the fact that Fran feels like he needs to fight for his players because they're doing so much for him on the court.
I know McCaffery's temper has been a talking point, especially after getting ejected after last year, and I want to go on record as saying that I think it's a great thing. Half of coaching is strategy. The other half is motivating your players to play to the best of their abilities. Sometimes, you've just gotta light a fire, no matter how you do it.
When I played sports, there were certain coaches that I would run through a brick wall for, because I knew they believed in me and would go to bat for me. I believe McCaffery is that kind of coach, and I believe that will do Iowa good in the long run.
If you want to be concerned about Iowa's basketball program, be concerned about it finding a closer. Don't be concerned about Fran's hot head.
3. Iowa Baseball is doing some nice things:
In case you haven't been following along, the Hawkeyes' baseball program is currently in the middle of the Big Ten tournament, beating Minnesota yesterday to set up a bout with Michigan tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT. You can watch the game on the Big Ten Network.
Sophomore Tyler Peyton will get the start for Iowa, and he just so happens to be undefeated in 13 starts. That's a very good sign for the Hawkeyes. Peyton has a record of 5-0, an ERA of 4.75, and has struck out 43 this season.
If Iowa wins, the Hawks go on to face No. 2 seed Nebraska on Saturday morning.
4. High Expectations for C.J. Fiedorowicz
Per reports, C.J. Fiedorowicz and the Houston Texans came to terms on a deal yesterday. The former Iowa tight end inked a four year deal worth 3.95 million, and that includes a $703,304 signing bonus. That's a nice little bit of pocket change there.
Texans agree with TE CJ Fiedorowicz. Gets $3.95 mil over 4, including $703,304 SB. Only Jadeveon Clowney and Xavier Su'a-Filo are unsigned.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 23, 2014
I really like with Fed brings to the table as an NFL tight end. He has the size and experience to be a blocker--an increasingly underrated trait for a tight end in today's pass-happy NFL--and I think he could end up being a good red zone guy for the Texans. With a good running game behind him, I foresee a few nice matchups in the corner of the end zone for him.
I don't know much about their tight end situation, but as far as I can tell, he should have an opportunity to get a lot of minutes.
5. Big E
As most of you know, I'm a big professional wrestling nerd. It's the one thing I allow myself to really nerd out on, and I don't care if you make fun of me for it. Let's not get into that argument right now, though...
Here's a little fun fact that should bring us all together. Come to find out, one of the better wrestlers in the WWE today, a dude named "Big E", is a former college football player. Guess where he went? Okay, that ones too easy. Iowa.
Yes folks, I'm talking about the one and only Ettore Ewen, who was a redshirt in 2004, missed the whole season with an injury in 2005, and then saw some action in 2006. He's now a wrestler, and that's awesome. Do you think I'm cool, now?
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