IOWA CITY, Iowa — Recruiting never truly stops. The Class of 2017 is signed so it’s time to move on to the class of 2018. Iowa has already laid groundwork for its next class with two commitments.
But what is likely coming with the class? Let’s first look at the scholarship breakdown for Iowa’s 2018 senior class.
2017 senior class breakdown
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Second level a first priority
Linebacker is the biggest need on paper. The Hawkeyes will be losing four linebackers, including all three starters, following the 2018 season. They will need to replenish the position on the recruiting trail, especially considering Iowa only signed one linebacker in this latest class, Iowa City High’s Nate Wieland.
The good news is the Hawkeyes already have one linebacker commitment for 2018: Homestead High School (Wis.) product Mike Bruner pledged back in October. Here are his Hudl highlights.
The Hawkeyes will need to surround Bruner with a few more linebackers. They’ve already sent out a series of offers, including to Florida linebacker James Miller and Michigan linebacker DeAndre Square in January.
Bring on the big guys
Expect offensive line to be another priority position in 2018 because the Hawkeyes are losing three starters, including All-American guard Sean Welsh.
Like with linebacker, Iowa already holds a commitment from Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins.
The Hawkeyes will also lose four offensive lineman in 2019 so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Iowa bring more offensive lineman than it’s losing next season. Seven is a big number. The Hawkeyes only brought in two offensive tackles: Tristan Wirfs and Mark Kallenberger.
Looking into quarterback
With C.J. Beathard heading to the NFL, Iowa is on the verge of a new era at quarterback. It appears that Nathan Stanley is the quarterback of the present and the future as he enters his sophomore season.
Stanley’s presence likely won’t impact what the Hawkeyes do. They’ll look to bring in another signal-caller. It’s what nearly every program does in every class regardless of what’s going on with the starting position.
What to do with wide receiver?
Wide receiver will continue to be an intriguing position for the second straight recruiting class. The struggles at the position will make it a group fans keep an eye on. The Hawkeyes only return five scholarship wideouts. They do bring in three newcomers, along with walk-on Nick Easley, a former junior college All-American at Iowa Western.
Potential areas where Iowa needs 1 player
The Hawkeyes went heavy on defensive back in 2017, signing five prospects, and possibly six, if Trey Creamer ends up at cornerback. There isn’t a big need here with safety Miles Taylor as the only senior.
Akrum Wadley is the lone senior running back. Tight end could see another commitment in 2018.
The Hawkeyes will lose scholarship long snapper Tyler Kluver, but they don’t need to bring a replacement in 2018. Illinois long snapper Marshall Coluzzi, the brother of former punter Ron Coluzzi, is walking on this fall.
The Hawkeyes can be as selective as they want to be at the position groups where they may only need one prospect.