What Iowa’s big recruiting weekend means, recapping road baseball and softball weekends, and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Monday, April 24.
What Iowa’s big recruiting weekend means
Iowa football won the weekend, and it has nothing to do with the spring football game. The Hawkeyes picked up commitments from 2018 Wisconsin running back Henry Geil and 2019 in-state offensive lineman Ezra Miller. Both are key additions. Let’s break it all down.
Miller was the first to commit on Saturday. So we’ll start there.
|Ezra Miller||OL||4 stars||6-6||275|
Miller, from Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa, is the kind of player every program wants to keep in-state. 247Sports rates him as the top in-state prospect, the No. 9 offensive tackle and the No. 84 overall player in 2019. It’s still early in Miller’s high school career, but he already projects favorably to incoming freshman and U.S. Army Bowl All-American Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs ranked No. 2 in Iowa, No. 15 at offensive tackle and No. 126 overall for 247Sports.
With those credentials, Miller is a key building block at a position crucial to Iowa’s success. It’s a bonus he’s the first member of the 2019 class. It’s never a bad thing to have a 4-star commit serve as an extra recruiting coordinator. Miller already is working to land high-profile recruits Logan Lee, a tight end from Illinois, and Max Duggan, an in-state quarterback. They were at the Under Armour All-America Camp on Sunday.
— Ezra Miller (@EzraMiller75) April 23, 2017
|Henry Geil||RB||3 stars||6-1||203|
Geil, from Preble High School (Wis.), was a high priority at running back for the Hawkeyes. Teams will do backflips when they land a player they covet. He comes in with the size Iowa likes in a running back and already has shown the ability to churn out yards between the tackles in his Hudl highlights.
The 2018 class is expected to be on the small side, consisting of 14 players or so, depending on transfers. With Geil on board and two running backs in the 2017 class, the Hawkeyes probably can turn their attention to other positions for 2018.
Thoughts on Friday night spring game
The feedback on the Friday night spring game was positive. The Breakfast Club chatted with a few Iowa athletic department officials, and they liked what they saw.
It’s likely too early to say one way or another if Iowa will keep future spring games on Friday night. Recruiting is a crucial component here — as is TV. If recruits respond better to the Saturday game, it will switch back. If Friday night plays well with the kids, it will stick around.
Baseball can’t slow down Rutgers
The success of Rutgers’ hitters against Iowa’s pitchers decided the weekend series. Iowa won 8-3 on Friday, but it lost 5-3 on Saturday and 13-5 on Sunday. The Hawkeyes allowed 18 runs and 26 hits over the final two games.
Robert Neustrom and Matt Hoeg led the way in the Friday victory. Each belted a 2-run home run. Hoeg also hit a 2-run double. Nick Gallagher picked up the victory, throwing six innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 4. Zach Daniels recorded the save, throwing the final three innings.
The Hawkeyes (23-15, 6-6 Big Ten) tried to rally late on Saturday, but Chris Whelan’s 2-run ninth-inning home run — his second of the game — wasn’t enough. He hit a solo homer in the third inning.
No. 5 Minnesota swept Iowa softball during the weekend. The Hawkeyes lost 5-0 on Friday, 9-1 in five innings on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes (15-27, 7-10 Big Ten) struggled at the plate. They cobbled together 9 hits in the series and never figured out how to attack Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen. She threw two shutouts and improved her record to 22-2.
Lots of links
- The next four months will dictate if Tyler Wiegers or Nathan Stanley starts at quarterback.
- A film breakdown of where the Iowa quarterbacks stand after the spring game.
- Jake Gervase’s big spring game was the end, not the start, of his impressive spring.
- Five takeaways from Iowa’s spring practice.
- Where do the Hawkeyes sit at each position exiting the spring?
- Grading the spring game.
- Unofficial stats and a look at lineups from the spring game.