Keylen Gulley Happy to Be a Hawkeye

June 18, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Last week, former Iowa defensive back Marcus Paschal joined two of his Largo (FL) High players in visiting his alma mater. It turned into a great trip for them and the Hawkeyes.

Defensive back Keylen Gulley announced Tuesday that he was committing to Iowa. The pledge came two days after his teammate, receiver Quavon Matthews, did the same.

“Me and Qay talked about playing together on college all the time. It just all seems unreal,” Gulley told HN.

Gulley chose the Hawkeyes ahead of offers from Southern Mississippi and South Dakota. Rutgers and others were showing him interest.

Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Phil Parker led Iowa’s pursuit of Gulley (6-0, 170). He also coached Paschal.

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“Iowa made me feel at home. It was like home away from home. I loved the coaches, I loved what they stood for and how they do things,” Gulley said.

“I loved the people in Iowa City. Everyone around you there is all for you, and I love it.”

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Gulley became the 14th known verbal commitment in the Hawkeyes’ 2020 recruiting class. He represented the first defensive back in the group.

Rivals ranks Gulley as a three-star prospect, while 247 did not have a rating at the time of publishing.

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Here’s a look at Gulley’s junior highlights:

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