Gabriel Rubio Furthers His Relationship with Hawkeyes

March 7, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

The Hawkeyes jumped in on at the ground floor of Gabriel Rubio’s recruitment. They’ve been riding along with the talented defensive tackle as his profile keeps rising.

The sophomore from St. Peters (MO) Lutheran showed scholarship offers from Illinois and Kentucky when Iowa came forward a few weeks later. Since then, Ohio State, Nebraska, Louisville, Minnesota, Kansas and Indiana have joined in.

Rubio visited Iowa for a game in September, an Outback Bowl practice in December and for a junior day this past weekend. He learned a lot more about the program and the school this time around.

“This Iowa visit I had even more time to talk to the coaches, and I had the opportunity to see more of the facility. I enjoyed finally seeing the players locker room and training room,” he told HN.

Shortly after arriving on campus, Rubio and his parents met with head coach Kirk Ferentz in his office. It turned into an extensive discussion.

“We didn’t talk much football. It was mainly about our personal lives. I was impressed with how much he already knew about me and my family,” Rubio said.

Angel Rubio, Gabriel’s father, played defensive end at Southeast Missouri State and then for the Steelers, 49ers and Bengals. We wrote about Gabriel’s strong support system last month.

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The Rubios also spent time with assistants LeVar Woods, Kelvin Bell and Reese Morgan, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.

“We talked to coach Bell and Morgan in our player position meetings, and broke down film there. I was looking forward to meeting with them and talking shop. Coach Woods was the guide for our tour, so I spent a ton of time with him,” Gabriel said.

“I also learned about the defense they run and how it is important to be a smart player as well as a strong one.”

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While it’s a long way until Rubio (6-5, 285) chooses a college, the Hawkeyes are well positioned in the pursuit of his services.

“I’m very comfortable with everyone at Iowa. I feel like I know the coaches on a more personal level and feel that they try to make me feel like I mean a lot to them,” he said.

It’s a feeling that should have him returning to campus in the near future.

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“I plan to go back to Iowa hopefully for the spring game. If not, I am definitely going to try to get to the camps they hold in the summer. I’m looking forward to it,” he said

Here’s a look at Rubio’s sophomore highlights:

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