Florida Prep Taajhir McCall Looking Forward to Iowa Official

January 31, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Attrition along the defensive line hit the Hawkeyes hard this offseason. Starters Anthony Nelson, Matt Nelson, Parker Hesse and Sam Brincks have been preparing for the NFL Draft. The coaches have been searching for replacements.

Their travels took them to Florida Panhandle. There they have been building a relationship with Pensacola Pine Forest 2019 athlete Taajhir McCall. They invited him in for an official visit this weekend and he accepted.

The Hawkeyes recruited McCall in the spring but things slowed down during the season. It picked back up this month. They offered him a scholarship earlier this week.

“I’m going on my visit to learn more about the whole program,” he told HN. “They want me to see the campus and get a feel for it. They want to show me that it’s the best place for me and I want to see if it is.”

Iowa has been recruiting McCall (6-4, 225) as a defensive end. During his senior season, he recorded 88 tackles, 11 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and four tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

McCall also reported scholarship offers from Army, Navy, Alabama State and Tennessee Chattanooga. He’s officially visited the military academies, which included a stop in Annapolis, Md. earlier this month, and is considering those institutions along with Iowa.

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Assistant Derrick Foster has been leading the Hawkeye recruitment of McCall. A strong bond as been built.

“He’s a cool guy, but I don’t really know the rest of the staff that well,” McCall said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know them better during the visit.”

The stop will play a major role in the decision for McCall, you really likes what he’s seen at Army and Navy.

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“I will commit as soon as I know what I want to do. I will be signing on Wednesday (when the late period begins),” he said.

McCall plans on majoring in Engineering when he gets to college.

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Iowa could face more attrition at defensive end after this season, meaning early playing time could be available. Big Ten sack leader A.J. Epenesa will be draft eligible and coveted by the NFL. Chauncey Golston will be a junior and is ascending.

Here’s a look at McCall’s senior highlights:

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