IOWA CITY, Iowa — The class of 2017 is in the books. It’s time to start looking ahead to the class of 2018.
Iowa football started throwing out offers for the next class to sign well before the latest one was officially delivered. Recruiting starts in-state for nearly every program. The Hawkeyes are no exception. They’ll look to the Hawkeye State for talent first and the upcoming class appears to be strong across the line.
Here are six names to keep an eye on as key potential in-state high school targets for 2018. All rankings are from the 247Sports Composite index.
OT Trevor Downing, Creston High School
The 6-5, 290-pound Downing is one of the most sought after players in the state as attention turns toward 2018. The Hawkeyes are one of four programs to have offered. Iowa State, Missouri and Minnesota also have extended offers to Downing.
DL John Waggoner, Dowling Catholic High School
The recruiting battle for Waggoner may end up being the most contested one in the state. The 6-3, 250-pound defensive end is the top-ranked player in Iowa by 247Sports. Waggoner is a 3-star composite prospect but 247Sports tabs him as a 4-star player.
He already holds offers from Iowa and Iowa State. Waggoner made 27 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks last season. Here are his Hudl highlights.
RB Saybein Clark, Bishop Heelan High School
Both Iowa and Iowa State offered before Clark’s junior season was complete, when he rushed for 985 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is 6-1, 195 pounds and is a 3-star composite prospect. 247Sports ranks him as a 4-star player. Here are his Hudl highlights.
OG Zach Ross, Dowling Catholic High School
Dowling is likely to produce multiple Division I players in the class of 2018. Ross is a 6-4, 290-pound 3-star composite player while 247Sports rates him as a 2-star prospect.
He is the sixth-ranked player in Iowa by 247Sports. Iowa State has offered while the Hawkeyes haven’t. He did take an unofficial visit to Iowa City in September. Here are his Hudl highlights.
OG Andrew Todd, Cedar Rapids Washington High School
The 6-4, 270-pound Todd doesn’t hold an Iowa offer yet but he is the fifth-ranked in-state player, according to 247Sports. Todd holds a 3-star composite ranking and is a 2-star 247Sports prospect.
He took two unofficial visits to Iowa in 2016. Todd does hold an Iowa State offer. Here are his Hudl highlights.
DT Tyler Linderbaum, Solon High School
Linderbaum is 6-2, 255 pounds. He recorded 42.5 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks as a junior. He doesn’t hold an Iowa offer but does hold a FBS offer from Iowa State. Here are his Hudl highlights.