Iowa secures commitment of three-star tailback

Andy Hamilton

Barrington Wade filled his Twitter timeline in recent weeks with cards from the Iowa football coaches and photos from his visits to Iowa City.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back from Niles (Ill.) North High School made no secrets about the direction he was leaning. The Hawkeyes were first to offer him a scholarship and a couple months ago the three-star prospect said they sat at the top of his list.

The three-star prospect finalized his college plans Monday when he committed to Iowa, becoming the eighth player in the 2016 class to announce his intention to join the Hawkeyes.

Wade picked Iowa over scholarship offers from Connecticut, Wyoming, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green and Northern Iowa.

"I was surprised with Barrington that more of the major schools didn't come after him," Chicago-based recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. "He's got the size, he's got the speed. He looks the part, too, when you look at him. I know other schools were trying to get him to come to their camps. Iowa was smart to get him committed before those camps start."

Wade will face another decision at some point between now and the time he arrives in Iowa City: running back or linebacker?

In April, he said the Hawkeyes told him he could choose which of the two positions he wanted to play in college. He ran for 850 yards and 19 touchdowns during an injury-shortened junior season.

Iowa secured a commitment in January from Wisconsin prep running back Toren Young.

"(Wade) could play both sides," Lemming said. "When you look at the kid, he's a really physical-looking kid and he could get up to 230 (pounds). It really comes down to where he sees the field first and wherever Iowa needs him the most. ... I would have to say he's definitely one of the top three linebackers in the state and I would say one of the top two running backs in the state."