Iowa recruiting mailbag: How November losses could impact 2018 class
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 discuss the impact the recent losses have on recruiting and if Iowa will jump back into recruiting any Nebraska commits.
Do you see any kids de-committing from Iowa or any big schools poaching our kids?
— Jeff Schultz
This issue is always a concern.
We are in an era when seemingly everyone — especially coaches and players — doesn’t always view a commitment as the end of the recruiting process. Especially when a team is limping to the finish line the way Iowa is.
It’s always easier to hold onto, and build, a recruiting class when a team is winning. I understand the worry.
That said, I don’t think the Hawkeyes are in position to lose any of the 14 high school commits in the Class of 2018. Each seems like a solid commitment, and no one appears to be recruiting them at this point.
The situation around Class of 2017 signee, and Iowa Western Community enrollee, Daviyon Nixon is a different story, with Alabama trying to enter the picture. Land of 10 already broke down Nixon’s situation here and here.
Is Tate Wildeman potentially back in play with a (potential) Nebraska coaching change?
— Kevin Studer
The short answer is not likely. If the Hawkeyes are to add another commitment on the defensive line it’s going to be 4-star defensive end John Waggoner. He is arguably the team’s top recruiting priority. Iowa is heavily invested in landing Waggoner.
You never say never when it comes to recruiting because strange things happen, but the odds of Iowa going after Wildeman again aren’t very high.
Anybody coming in at RB who can turn a 3-yard run into a big gain?
— Clint Harmes
Henry Geil, from Wisconsin, is the running back in the Class of 2018. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 203-pounds. He is more like former Iowa running back LeShun Daniels Jr. than Akrum Wadley. Geil has the moves to make a defender miss, but he is more likely to turn a 3-yard gain into a 10-plus yard run by lowering his shoulder and bouncing off a defender.
He rushed for 1,679 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Here are his Hudl highlights.
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