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Will 4-star quarterback Max Duggan pick Iowa?

Iowa recruiting mailbag: Where does Max Duggan end up?

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Where does Max Duggan end up?

— Josh Humphreys

This question became a lot more interesting when Notre Dame recently offered a scholarship. The Fighting Irish are coming in a little late, but quarterback Max Duggan (Lewis Central/Council Bluffs, Iowa) reportedly likes them.

This recruitment is a dogfight, as one expects for a 4-star prospect. Projecting it isn’t easy.

It’s hard for recruits to turn down an Ohio State offer. Nebraska and coach Scott Frost’s spread offense is very enticing. Minnesota is a wild-card here as well because of the recruiting chops of coach P.J. Fleck and his staff.

Is Iowa a favorite? I honestly doubt it, and it has as much to do with the actions of the Hawkeyes as anything else. Duggan was the only Class of 2019 quarterback offer until January.

Since then, Iowa has offered five other signal callers. I understand not putting all of your quarterback eggs in one basket, but do the Hawkeyes extend so many offers if they believe they’re the front-runner for in-state quarterback Duggan?

I don’t think so.

If Iowa has serious concerns about landing Duggan — a justifiable concern at this point — offering other quarterbacks is a no-brainer.

Right now, I don’t think he picks Iowa. I would have guessed Nebraska before the Notre Dame offer. I’ll stick with it, but know the Fighting Irish can change things here.

How many 2019 running backs are needed to remove depth concerns?

— Caleb Burkhardt

Multiple. Iowa is likely to sign two, maybe even three running backs. Running back depth is a big concern with no upperclassmen on scholarship.

It’s why Class of 2018 signee Samson Evans might play running back instead of wide receiver this season.

Teams never want to be short on running backs. Injuries are all too common at the position — something Iowa is keenly aware of.

This is why 4-star running back Jirehl Brock (Quincy, Ill.) is a high priority. He is a top-end recruit at a position of need. Iowa has offered 10 running backs in the class. Three-star prospects Breece Hall, Jacardia Wright, Tyler Goodson and Larry McCammon are players to watch.

In an ideal world, Iowa lands at least two of the players listed above.

How disruptive is it when a position doesn’t pan out in recruiting?

— Clint Harms

@da_squatch0418

You can’t really overstate the detrimental impact it has on a team.

Look at wide receiver. Iowa signed eight in the 2013-15 classes. Six transferred and only one, Matt VandeBerg, developed into a starting-caliber player.

What’s the impact? The play at the position suffers. It holds the team back on the field and holds recruiting hostage as well.

When a team sees subpar performances from a position group, it’s going to try to rectify the situation by bringing in better players. A team will spend a lot of recruiting capital — time, money and resources.

That’s how Iowa ended up signing four wide receivers in the Class of 2017. That’s a high number for the Hawkeyes.

The other problem when multiple players wash out arises if a team is forced to alter its recruiting plan. In the short term, teams scramble to find replacements to ensure there is enough depth at a position.

In the long term, the Hawkeyes must rebuild the wide receiver group the way they did after the 2016 season when they were down to only a couple of scholarship players at the position.

It really took two classes — encompassing seven scholarship wide receivers and walk-on Nick Easley — for Iowa to feel comfortable from a recruiting and depth standpoint.

What happened with Iowa at wide receiver is an extreme version of when recruiting goes wrong. All it takes it is one or two players failing to pan out for problems to start. Then, it could take multiple years to truly fix it.

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