April 23, 2009

Baltimore teammates visit the Hawkeyes

Two of the top prospects in the Baltimore area were in Iowa City this week to get a closer look at the Hawkeyes. Gilman head coach Biff Poggi brought his son, linebacker Jim Poggi, along with defensive tackle Anthony Ferguson for a two-day visit. Both players hold a scholarship offer from Iowa and had the chance to learn more about the program during their stay.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Poggi had originally planned to visit Iowa earlier during spring practice, which wrapped up last weekend. While the Hawkeyes were no longer practicing, the Baltimore native still had a chance to meet some of the current players, including Pat Angerer, Jeff Tarpinian, and A.J. Edds.

The Poggi family is very familiar with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz going back to his days as an NFL offensive line coach for the Ravens. When Ferentz lived in Baltimore, his oldest son, Brian, actually played at Gilman for Coach Biff Poggi before the family moved to Iowa City in 1999. This week's visit not only gave them a chance to catch up, but more importantly allowed Poggi to get to know the other coaches at Iowa, including linebackers coach Darrell Wilson and defensive coordinator Norm Parker.

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