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Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz will spend January trying to fill out the Class of 2018.

Iowa recruiting mailbag: With early signing period over, here’s where Hawkeyes go next

Have Iowa football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Iowa recruiting mailbag to discuss Hawkeyes recruiting. This week, we’ll discuss where Iowa goes from here with the Class of 2018.

Has Iowa offered everyone it probably will in this class?

— Joe Williams

On the contrary, consider the recent offer to 3-star Georgia linebacker Jayden McDonald just the start. 

The majority of the Hawkeyes’ Class of 2018 signed in December and thus a lot of the heavy lifting is over. But there are still a few positions of need left out there.

Iowa director of recruiting Tyler Barnes told Land of 10 in December that coach Kirk Ferentz wanted the Hawkeyes to bank a few scholarships for January.

This isn’t anything new. Iowa has done a pretty good job through the years of identifying diamonds in the rough or late-blooming prospects and offering them in January. Linebacker Josey Jewell is one of the latest examples.

Expect Iowa to land up to four more commitments before the traditional signing period in February. That number could also increase based on the number of players that transfer. Iowa will need to find some of those late bloomers to fill out the class and that means sending out additional offers in the next month.

Will Iowa go after kids from schools in tenuous coaching situations?

— Jeff Schulz

Yes. In fact, Iowa already did so with quarterback Spencer Petras. The Hawkeyes don’t land the California 3-star signal caller if Oregon State and Gary Andersen don’t part ways.

In fact, Iowa doesn’t need a tenuous coaching situation to swoop in on a prospect. McDonald didn’t sign with Rutgers in the early signing period. He’s still committed there, but the college coaching community views players not signing in December as someone still in play.

Iowa isn’t the only team to offer recently. Kansas State and Mississippi did, too.

Don’t be surprised if Iowa offers other players like McDonald or those committed to a MAC-like program who the Hawkeyes view as a late bloomer, like they did with Desmond King back in 2013.

Iowa has done a good job of landing these types of players in years past. It will be interesting to see if the early signing period impacts Iowa’s ability to keep landing players like King in future years.

Given the level of punting this season how important is finding one for next year?

— Jeff Kesselring

The odds aren’t high that the Hawkeyes will sign a punter this cycle. They have yet to offer one and probably won’t.

Typically, Iowa only carries one scholarship punter. The Hawkeyes signed Ryan Gersonde in the Class of 2017. Gersonde didn’t beat out walk-on Colten Rastetter, but he wasn’t healthy.

Better punting is high on Iowa’s must-improve list for next season, but the improvement isn’t likely to come through a new scholarship punter.

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