Iowa recruiting mailbag: Breaking down which 2018 signees play right away
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Lots of true freshman contributors in 2017. Do we see that as well for the 2018 recruiting class?
— Ken Augustine
There are several, and the most obvious candidate is Iowa Western Community College defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Nixon is built to play from Day 1. The Hawkeyes will look to replace senior starter Nathan Bazata. Nixon very well could start. The Hawkeyes are expecting him to contribute in 2018.
Iowa needs production at wide receiver, and a freshman who shows playmaking potential will see the field next year. Tyrone Tracy is a name to watch here. He rushed for 1,412 yards and caught 54 passes for 1,132 yards and 29 total touchdowns for Decatur Central High School (Ind.) this season.
The defensive backs are arguably Iowa’s best position group in this class, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if a few of the 2018 signees, led by safety Dallas Craddieth, play in their first year in the program.
Also, Iowa is replacing all three starting linebackers. Incoming freshman Dillon Doyle or Seth Benson could play their way onto the depth chart. Starting may be a tall task, but either one could play their way into a backup linebacker/special teams role.
When does Iowa start recruiting again to fill out the 2018 class?
— Various people
This one is a popular question following the end of the early signing period. The recruiting dead period, where teams can’t contact recruits, runs through Jan. 11. Expect Iowa to hit the recruiting trail hard, not just to fill out the remaining spots in 2018, but to get a head start on recruiting the 2019 and 2020 classes.
The Hawkeyes are likely to land another linebacker in 2018. Adding wide receiver depth is also a possibility. Player transfers following the bowl game also will impact what other positions Iowa focuses on. Our previous recruiting mailbag detailed what Iowa does next with the Class of 2018.
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