July 18, 2010

Linebacker chooses the Hawkeyes

Massachusetts is known more for professional sports than being a hotbed of high school football talent but the state has been very good to the Iowa football program, at least as it pertains to the Class of 2011.

Earlier this year Iowa picked up a commitment from Marcus Grant, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Lawrence Academy.

Now one of Grant's teammates has chosen the Hawkeyes as well.

"I committed to Iowa yesterday," Mike Orloff told Rivals.com on Sunday afternoon.

"I called the coaches last night. I told coach O'Keefe and coach Johnson. I'm going to call coach Ferentz on Monday because he's at a wedding right now."

Prior to his decision Orloff had also received an offer from Louisville, so it's not as though he was an unknown or a total sleeper.

Despite interest from other schools Orloff didn't feel like he needed any more time to look at his options.

"When I went out there and visited a couple of months ago it was great," he said. "I loved it. The coaches are awesome and I loved them. Obviously the football program is incredible. My teammate is going there and I had a good feeling. Academically it's a school I feel like I can be successful at."

The Hawkeyes are bringing in the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect as an outside linebacker. Orloff has run the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and bench presses 335 pounds, so he has nice athletic skills. He also carries a 3.4 grade point average so he is rock solid in the classroom as well.

"It's a solid verbal," Orloff explained. "I'll be going out there again in August with my parents so they can see it and then I'll take an official visit during the season."

Orloff is ranked the No. 7 prospect in Massachusetts by Rivals.com.

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