The Iowa football program wouldn’t have a Top 30 recruiting class if it weren’t for Darrell Wilson.
Wilson — the Hawkeyes linebackers and special teams coach for the past 10 seasons — recruited seven of the 24 players who signed National Letters of Intent with the Black and Gold on Feb. 2. Of those seven, five were rated as three-star recruits by Rivals.com.
His hard work didn’t go unnoticed.
Wilson was recognized by Rivals.com as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation. The 10-year Iowa assistant was one of only three Big Ten coaches to make the list.
“What makes Wilson’s performance more impressive is that all the recruits he brought in were from states nowhere near Iowa,” the Rivals article said.
He recruited Maryland preps Darian Cooper and Jordan Lomax — both of whom were high school teammates with Iowa running back Marcus Coker. Wilson also nabbed fellow Maryland native Nico Law, as well as Quinton Alston from New Jersey, Damon Bullock from Texas, and Marcus Collins and John Raymon from Pennsylvania.
Rivals also credited Wilson for nearly pulling off the impossible — getting highly touted recruit Cyrus Kouandjio to visit Iowa City. The top offensive line recruit had the Hawkeyes on his short list of schools, along with SEC powerhouses Alabama and Auburn, before ultimately choosing to play for the Crimson Tide.
Recruiting out East isn’t new to Wilson. He played defensive back at UConn, spent one season playing for the New England Patriots, and has served as an assistant coach at both Rhode Island and Rutgers.
Wilson hadn’t heard about making the list when asked about it, and noted that he was just doing his job.
“To be honest, someone called me and told me about it,” Wilson told HawkeyeSports.com. “It’s all good and well, but it’s my job and I really enjoy doing it.”