Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's "Moneyball" strategy to recruiting has led to signing 128 players from Iowa, Illinois and Ohio over the last 12 recruiting cycles.
Texas and Florida are the only Southern states from which Iowa consistently mines for talent. They have left the rest of the nation to fight over ballyhooed recruits in the southeast -- from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi -- in favor of scouting the Midwest and under-recruited states such as New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Maryland. "Iowa just does things differently than anybody else in our league, and virtually everybody else in the country," one Big Ten recruiting coordinator said. "I don't think you'll ever see us focus only on the Midwest like [Iowa has] done, because it won't work for us. But for them it does. It's kind of like what you see in baseball with Billy Beane. The way Iowa recruits is kind of like 'Moneyball' on the recruiting trail." Despite recruiting out of a barren state, the Hawkeyes own the 25th-best winning percentage in the country since 2002. Fri, Jun 27, 2014 03:14:00 PM