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Iowa recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell made clear Wednesday night what head coach Kirk Ferentz indicated in April: The new early signing period in college football will serve as an important barometer.

Are you committed to the Hawkeyes or not?

This Dec. 20 will mark the first of two National Signing Days in football, the second being the more traditionally known first Wednesday in February.

Bell said on Wednesday’s Hawk Central radio show that there shouldn’t be many December surprises for his program.

“The recruiting websites, they do a really good job of building suspense. But the reality is … because of our contacts with the player, we’ll have an idea whether or not a kid will sign in December, long before that time comes,” Bell said. “It’s not like that signing day is going to come and we’re going to present the kid with papers and he’s going to pull the rug out from under us and not sign.

“If that kid’s not going to sign with us, we’ll be prepared. There are other kids. That’s why we fill the board with prospects that want to be at the University of Iowa. The one thing I’ll tell you: If a kid wants to be here at the University of Iowa, the first opportunity he gets to sign, he’ll sign.”

That approach falls in line with what Ferentz said on the new NCAA legislation toward the end of spring practice: “We'll know where people stand in terms of really being committed, as opposed to saying they're committed.”

Bell touched on several topics during Wednesday’s 20-minute interview: Why is the number 3 his new Twitter avatar? What did he think of Brian Ferentz’s recent recruiting digs at Iowa State and Minnesota? Why is it important for a prospect to visit Iowa City before the Hawkeyes accept his commitment?

Listen in: Bell’s interview begins around the 19-minute mark in the podcast. Tune in every Wednesday night on KXNO in Des Moines (1460 AM) to catch Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson talk all things Hawkeyes.

 

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