IOWA CITY, Iowa — The January recruiting period — the final push before the February signing period — has arrived.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are well positioned after nearly their entire Class of 2018 signed in December, including key targets such as 4-star defensive end John Waggoner, 3-star quarterback Spencer Petras and 3-star safety Dallas Craddieth.
The Hawkeyes sit with 20 players in the class and could add three before February. That number could increase based on how many players transfer this month.
Because of all the early work with the class, Iowa isn’t chasing too many 2018 prospects. Here is a look at the Hawkeyes’ key recruiting targets for this class.
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
Other Top Schools: Cincinnati, Kansas State, Mississippi
The breakdown: Jayden McDonald committed to Rutgers in June, but de-committed in January. Iowa offered McDonald in December and is well positioned here. He will take an official visit to Iowa on Jan. 26.
His official visit with Kansas State is Jan. 19 and he is heading to Cincinnati on Feb. 2. He plays a position of need and the Hawkeyes will push to land a third linebacker in the class before signing day.
Position: Wide receiver
Hometown: Norman, Okla.
Other Top Schools: Ohio
The breakdown: Drake Stoops is the only other known player Iowa has offered, but he might not be heading to Iowa following the recent commitment of wide receiver Nico Ragaini. It’s hard to envision Iowa taking two receivers with similar builds and athletic profiles with the final few scholarships. He is the son of former Oklahoma coach and Iowa linebacker Bob Stoops. He picked up an offer from Iowa in December. Stoops took an official visit later in the month. He didn’t commit, or sign, in the early signing period.
The Hawkeyes are known for identifying prospects late in the recruiting process and turning January or February commitments into key contributors. Linebacker Josey Jewell and running back Akrum Wadley are recent examples.
The Hawkeyes held back scholarships with the purpose of finding late-blooming prospects in January, Iowa director of recruiting Tyler Barnes told Land of 10.
That means is Iowa’s target list will likely grow in the coming days.