MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: A general view of the exterior of Land Shark Stadium as the Iowa Hawkeyes get set to play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It’s always an exciting time in a high school athlete’s life when he or she gets a scholarship offer for the school they like. But the reaction that three-star cornerback Jermari Harris had when he found out he was getting an offer from Iowa might have been one of the best.In an interview with HawkeyeReport, Harris admitted that he was “speechless” and expressed his belief that he has exactly what the team needs.“I was speechless,” said Harris. “He said I’ve been patient with them and I am what they’re looking for in a Hawkeye.”Harris went on to compliment the coaches and the administration, and said that the school made him and his family “feel at home.”“I really like the professionalism of the program at Iowa where everything’s done for a reason,” Harris said. “The coaching staff really made me and my family feel at home and welcomed us with open arms.”Should he choose to accept the offer from Iowa, he would be joining a unit that ranked 11th in points allowed in the FBS, giving up only 17.8 points per game.The Hawkeyes finished the season with a 9-4 record and an upset win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.247Sports rates Harris as top-2000 prospect, a top-200 cornerback, and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Illinois.Harris made an unofficial visit last year, but is slated to make his official visit to Iowa on Friday. He previously made visits to Ball State and North Dakota State.
How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider As this year’s apple crop hits store shelves around, let’s take this seasonal event as a reminder to drink some hard cider.Hard cider, of course, is available all year long, but it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of the thousands of beers and tasty spirits. Hopefully, by now, the sweet reputation of hard cider has been shed and its delicious versatility and complexity are better known. If not, here’s your chance! Don’t think of cider as an alternative to beer, but rather as another fantastic beverage to keep in your rotation.Let’s take a look at some of the best hard cider available on the market.Angry OrchardNew YorkAngry Orchard/FacebookThanks to a national advertising campaign, head cider maker Ryan Burk might look familiar. As the largest cider maker in the U.S., Angry Orchard might take some lumps with its mass-market, beer-alternative, sweet hard cider, but the Boston Beer-owned company kicks out some seriously awesome product.Farnum HillNew HampshireFarnum Hill Cider/FacebookFarnum Hill is one of the pillars of the American cider movement, making delicious hard cider since the 1980s. Cider-maker Steve Wood is a legend in his own right and a modern Johnny Appleseed. Many aspiring cider makers and cider apple growers head to his New Hampshire orchard for his cuttings to revive inedible cider apples.Shacksbury CiderVermontShacksbury Cider/FacebookThe Northeast is a great place to sample cider and Shacksbury is one of the best examples of Vermont cider. Shacksbury is one of several cider makers across the country hoping to revive many of the nearly extinct apple varieties that made hard cider a drink of choice in the 1800s and before. Vermont is full of awesome small beverage producers, so check out Eden Specialty Cider as well, which makes incredible and well-recognized ciders.Seattle Cider CompanyWashingtonSeattle Cider Company/FacebookOne of the many great cider-makers in Washington state — the nation’s largest apple producing state — Seattle Cider’s product is widely distributed, making it a fairly easy to find. Along with a standard Dry and Semi Sweet, the core lineup has Tangerine Turmeric and Basil Mint. Keep an eye out for seasonal, limited, and harvest flavors too. For more Washington cider, check out Tieton Cider Works.E.Z. OrchardsOregonE. Z. OrchardsA longtime family orchard in Oregon, E.Z. Orchards started making cider apples in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. Today, the orchard grows a huge array of heirloom apples. Cider- maker Kevin Zielinski ensures each cider is full of the best apple aromas and flavors.Virtue CiderMichiganVirtue Cider/FacebookMichigan, like Washington, is a major apple-growing state. Therefore, it is home to a plethora of cider producers. Virtue Cider, started by former Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall, is likely the most available and makes an excellent assortment. If you’re in Michigan, be sure to also check out Blake’s Hard Cider, Vander Mill, Farmhaus, and Tandem Ciders.Oliver’s Cider and PerryUnited KingdomOliver’s Cider and Perry Ltd./FacebookThis U.K. cider-maker is the cream of the crop when thanks to Tom Oliver, one of the most renowned people in the craft. Cider consumption didn’t historically dip in the U.K. like it did in the U.S. and Oliver’s Cider shines among the large market. Don’t count out the perry, which is cider made with pears.Romilly CidreFranceRomilly Cidre/FacebookMany American hard cider makers look to France for cider inspiration and apple varieties. It’s for good reason, too, as French cider is delicious. With more than 25 heirloom varieties on a 1,000-year-old farm and a crisp Champagne-like effervescence, Romilly Cidre is worth a try. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked