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The Hawkeyes are hoping to land another standout linebacker in the 2018 class.

Iowa recruiting mailbag: Breaking down options at linebacker; why a grad transfer punter makes sense

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 things sit for the final linebacker scholarship and graduate transfers.

Linebackers? Anyone they have an eye on? Maybe not offered yet, but maybe.

— Jon McClure

Jayden McDonald, a 3-star prospect from Suwanee, Ga., is the name to know. My Land of 10 colleague Scott Dochterman explained why he is an ideal fit for Iowa’s defense here. Rob Howe, of HawkeyeNation.com, did a nice job recapping some potential other linebacker options here.

It seems like Iowa is hesitant to extend a second linebacker offer. It would be a surprise if the Hawkeyes extended one before McDonald makes his decision (or if Iowa thinks it’s out of the running).

Last year Iowa waited for Thomas Johnson to pick UAB before deciding to offer Nate Wieland, who quickly snapped up the scholarship. In this cycle Iowa waited until Will Honas picked Nebraska before offering Seth Benson, who became the second linebacker commit in the Class of 2018. The final linebacker spot will likely be handled in a similar fashion.

Any insight in any grad transfer possibilities?

— @TJack311

I haven’t heard any names, but there is a position group to keep an eye on.

Iowa has had success bringing a graduate transfer punter. Ron Coluzzi filled a big hole in 2016 and became an Internet sensation that season.

The Hawkeyes could end being in a similar position this year. Punting has been a problem. Uncertainty surrounds Colten Rastetter and Ryan Gersonde at the position. Rastetter is coming off an inconsistent season and Gersonde is coming off a back injury. A graduate transfer could shore up a position at which Iowa typically excels.

Where does Iowa sit with David Bell?

— Adam Edge

The Hawkeyes got in relatively early on the 2019 4-star wide receiver from Indiana, extending a scholarship offer in November when his offer list consisted mostly of regional programs.

Michigan and Ohio State both offered Bell in December. The entrance of blue bloods into his recruitment signaled a change in the recruiting battle. Iowa has held off Ohio State and Michigan before (see John Waggoner), but the Hawkeyes also lose out to them often (Oliver Martin picking the Wolverines).

Landing a blue-chip in-state prospect such as Waggoner is one thing in this kind of situation. Landing an out-of-state prospect is another, and the Bell recruitment will test the strength of the Iowa pipeline in Indiana.

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