Through the long, winding journey that is college football recruiting, some roads are newly paved while others are full of potholes.
Iowa’s trip to 2017 National Signing Day started smoothly before a series of fall de-commitments jolted the Hawkeyes onto a rocky course. Now, with less than 24 hours to signing day, the Hawkeyes have a couple of targets remaining who could enhance their class.
Here are our final predictions for some of Iowa’s targets, and where we think they’ll commit on National Signing Day.
Iowa assistant Seth Wallace has made the rounds the last month or so to Kenosha, Wis., to check on 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon.
The Hawkeyes have three other defensive linemen committed and all are considered defensive ends at this point. Nixon has the most girth of any of the line prospects.
Nixon, a 3-star lineman, plans to make his announcement on signing day. He visited Iowa last weekend, after taking a trip to Purdue a week earlier and to Northern Illinois in December. Stay tuned.
Signing ceremony this Wed. at 430 in the IT commons. Come join to congratulate Daviyon, Sean, and Armani in signing NCAA letter of intent.
— Coach McKay (@IThawksfootball) January 30, 2017
Perhaps no other recruit in the Iowa circle has featured more twists and turns the last two weeks than Ihmir Smith-Marsette, a cornerback or receiver prospect.
Originally a Rutgers commit, Smith-Marsette started looking around when he opted for an official visit to Iowa on Jan. 20. Smith-Marsette attends Weequahic in Newark, N.J., the same high school that graduated current Iowa running back Akrum Wadley. Smith-Marsette de-committed from Rutgers a day after his visit and told reporters afterward his decision was between Rutgers and Iowa. Then Smith-Marsette took a trip to Minnesota last weekend and committed on Sunday. By Monday, he deleted his commitment tweet and he was retweeting prospects who picked Iowa.
At 6-foot-1, 155 pounds, Smith-Marsette is rated as New Jersey’s No. 33 prospect and is the nation’s No. 165 cornerback, per 247Sports composite rankings.