Lile Chooses the Hawkeyes

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Aug 27, 2011

Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) defensive back Ruben Lile commits to Iowa and breaks the news after his first game. In this exclusive interview, he told Scout why, explained the positions he may play for the Hawkeyes, and let us know what the coaches said when he told them the news.

Ruben Lile is the newest Iowa Hawkeye, committing to the coaches on Thursday, and breaking the news to the world after tonight's game against Farmington Hills Harrison.

"The school I'm committing to is the University of Iowa," he said. "I love the coaching staff. I love the atmosphere. I love the campus that I've seen so far. They've been sending guys to the NFL. They've been to bowls for the last decade and I just love the program. I love the style of offense and defense that they play."

The 6'2, 200-lb Lile is the second Cass Tech player to choose the Hawkeyes this year, joining linebacker Laron Taylor. While it was not the deciding factor, Lile says it will be nice to have a friend and teammate along side him come college.

"It's real good, because I have somebody down there with me. I'm not down there by myself feeling lonely. It's even better because we went to the same high school."

Lile emerged this summer on the camp and 7 on 7 circuit, showing the ability to play cornerback and safety with his length and size. Last season, he started at free safety for Cass, but also was a stand out at wide receiver. He says the exact position he will play at Iowa has not been worked out at this time.

"No, we haven't discussed that yet," he explained. "They want me to decide when I get down there. They really want me to get into the secondary, but they will let me choose when I get down there."

What the staff does know is they are happy to have his talents on board.

"I told the coaches last night that I was committing on Facebook. They said it was the best news they heard all day and to go out in the game and play like a Hawkeye."

Lile held other offers from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Toledo, Cincinati, Central Michigan, and others. He had many other schools tracking him this season, but he found his home in Iowa City, and with a program that knew they wanted him already.

"The thing about my commitment is, I know there are going to be a lot of schools and a lot of colleges there and they are supposed to offer me, but instead of waiting through the whole season and seeing who I'm going to commit to, I decided to commit after the game to show all the schools that should have offered me that they should have offered me."

DB Ruben Lile - 2012 - Detroit Cass Tech

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