Iowa recruiting mailbag: Breaking down the ’18 WR most likely to make an instant impact
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What freshman WR has best chance to make an impact in 2018?
Samson Evans is an intriguing athlete, but he is transitioning from quarterback to wide receiver and no one knows how smooth of a process that will be.
The newest member of the Class of 2018, Nico Ragaini, is enrolling for the spring semester and will get a jump on training for the upcoming season.
Arriving early helped Nick Easley impress coaches and secure a starting role last season.
Ragaini is an interesting option, but I’m going with Tyrone Tracy. He did a little of everything at Decatur (Ind.) Central High School this season. He rushed for 1,412 yards and caught 54 passes for 1,132 yards with 29 total touchdowns.
Tracy excels at making plays in space, which is something Iowa’s passing game is lacking. It’s why he’s my best bet to play right away and make an impact at wide receiver.
Will Iowa be overloaded at CB and S in the coming years?
— Joe Williams
The Hawkeyes have 10 defensive backs between the 2017 and 2018 classes. Yeah, that’s a lot. The number was higher than expected in each class because Iowa secured a late commitment from a player it deemed too good to pass up. First, it was cornerback Trey Creamer in 2017 and then safety Dallas Craddieth with the 2018 class.
Iowa always planned to bring in a good number of defensive backs the last two years, and it shouldn’t impact numbers at other positions too much.
Having depth at a position group is a good problem to have, especially with Iowa extremely high on so many of these defensive backs; cornerback Matt Hankins is a perfect example.
The defensive backfield is a little bit like the defensive line. A team can never have too many players in those units. The secondary potentially could be a strength in the future. These last two recruiting classes are a big reason why.
Any CBs from class able to switch over?
There are two defensive backs with the ability to play wide receiver, but neither is in the Class of 2018.
Camron Harrell and Trey Creamer, both of whom redshirted this season, have the potential to play wide receiver. Harrell spent some time there during the practice open to the media in preseason camp in August. He caught 22 touchdown passes as a high school junior.
Iowa debated whether to play the 6-foot, 175-pound Creamer at wide receiver or defensive back upon his arrival. He played running back in high school and had 1,249 combined rushing and receiving yards while scoring 21 touchdowns as a senior.
The Class of 2018 defensive backs are likely to stay at the position, and that’s a good thing as it’s arguably the strength of the recruiting class.
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