IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa has been busy on the recruiting trail in the last week. The Hawkeyes have handed out 19 scholarship offers since Jan. 21 — 15 of them to 2019 prospects.
With the Hawkeyes all but finished recruiting for the Class of 2018, it makes sense for them to focus on the future. Here are seven things that stand out about the slew of recent offers
1. Back in Texas
The Hawkeyes put a big emphasis on Texas when Greg Davis, who came from the state, worked on the staff as an offensive coordinator from 2012-16. With five recent offers in Texas, Iowa appears ready to jump back into the Lone Star State.
After a series of high-profile Iowa de-commits from Texas athletes in the Class of 2017, there were questions whether the Hawkeyes would seriously recruit the state again. Iowa offered four 2018 prospects, but didn’t land any of them. Here are the five recent offers:
Special teams coach LeVar Woods has recruited Texas for years and is looking to pull a recruit up north. The timing might be right. Cornerback Josh Jackson is projected as a first-round NFL draft pick, and Iowa can potentially use that to open some doors in his home state.
2. Bring on the wide receivers
The biggest issue on Iowa’s roster is its wide receiver production. Addressing that is a priority. The Hawkeyes have offered four wide receivers since Jan. 21. Marquez Beason could play wide receiver but might lean toward cornerback. Also, Illinois wide receiver/running back A.J. Henning, a 2020 prospect, picked up an offer on Monday.
This is the continuation of a recent trend. The Hawkeyes identified several Class of 2020 wide receivers earlier in January.
The Hawkeyes have offered eight wide receivers in 2018. (This Rivals.com database includes tight end Erick All as a wide receiver.)
3. Quarterback not a one-man show
Iowa offered Class of 2019 quarterback Max Duggan on Oct. 29, 2016. Until last week he was the Hawkeyes’ only 2019 quarterback offer.
That changed Thursday when the Hawkeyes extended an offer to 3-star Connecticut quarterback Taisun Phommachanh. He is from the same prep school, Avon Old Farms, as Class of 2018 wide receiver Nico Ragaini, who is an early enrollee.
Iowa is expanding its quarterback radar beyond Duggan. It will be interesting to see if any other offers materialize between now and the end of the spring evaluation period.
4. Focus up front
Iowa threw out four offers to offensive linemen recently. The Hawkeyes are putting a big emphasis on the offensive line for 2019. Four senior offensive linemen are expected on the 2018 roster.
Here are the most recent 2019 offensive line offers:
5. Going big-game hunting
The Hawkeyes aren’t afraid to extend early offers to top-end prospects. They offered 4-star Ohio offensive lineman Zeke Correll last Friday. His offer list includes Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Stanford and Clemson.
If Iowa extends an early offer, it’s to a no-doubt Power 5-caliber prospect. These easily identifiable players also are the ones power programs gravitate toward. Iowa is willing to see where it stands with some of the traditional powers. The payoff is so great it’s worth it, but the odds of such offers resulting in commitments aren’t great.
6. Back in old neighborhood
The Hawkeyes made major inroads in Indiana in the last year and are trying to do the same in St. Louis.
They continued their pursuit of turning both areas into recruiting pipelines with a recent offer in each location. Iowa offered 4-star Indiana defensive end Beau Robbins and 3-star Missouri offensive lineman Jack Buford last Thursday.
The Hawkeyes have offered 10 St. Louis-area prospects and eight from Indiana in the Class of 2019.
7. Still going strong with 2020 prospects
Minnesota wide receiver Jonathan Mann received a scholarship offer on Jan. 21. He is one of three 2020 prospects to earn a recent offer and one of seven to receive one this month.
Iowa is looking ahead to the Class of 2019, but it isn’t ignoring the Class of 2020. Expect that to continue through the spring.
Here are the three 2020 wide receivers who have received offers since Jan. 21.