Iowa recruiting mailbag: What’s next on the recruiting to-do list after junior day
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When’s the next time a large amount of recruits will be back on campus?
— Joe Williams
With junior day over, the next big date on the recruiting visit calendar is the spring game on April 20. Nearly 60 prospects attended junior day. It’s too early to know if as many visitors will attend the spring game, but it’s always a big day.
Prospects will continue to make visits to campus over the next six weeks, but more likely will be in town on April 20 than any other date.
Iowa has four commits for 2019, and three of them are offensive linemen — its biggest position of need. Expect the Hawkeyes to continue to make a push for skill-position players, including linebackers.
Does Iowa have a shot at Jaden Hullaby? I was surprised to see him at junior day
— Jeff Schulz
It’s extremely early in the recruiting process for a 2020 prospect such as Jaden Hullaby. It’s also isn’t common for a Texas player to attend Iowa’s junior day.
The fact Hullaby came so far for a visit nearly two years before he signs is as strong of an indication that he can give about his interest level in Iowa. That’s about the best-case scenario for the Hawkeyes at the moment.
It’s hard to gauge his recruitment because it depends on the level of teams that offer him. Right now, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, Indiana and Iowa have offered. His recruitment changes if a Texas, Texas A&M or a national power comes in and offers.
Do you see Ahmad Wagner at WR a real possibility before his time at Iowa is up?
— Clint Harms
If Ahmad Wagner — he recently completed his junior season with Iowa basketball — plays football, it will be a decision he makes. The football staff isn’t out recruiting him. Wagner doesn’t sound like a player truly interested in football right now.
That’s why I don’t think it happens.
The way it happens, though, is if he realizes his pro potential is better in football, even with only a year of college experience, than basketball. Some already think it’s the case. The question is if Wagner believes it.
Iowa actually offered a high school freshman?
Yes, it happened. Yes, that was a common response after Iowa extended a scholarship offer to Bettendorf (Iowa) High School defensive tackle Griffin Liddle on Sunday. He is the third 2021 prospect with an Iowa offer.
The Hawkeyes don’t typically extend offers this early in the process, but this is the way the recruiting world works. Plus, Liddle checks off every box Iowa looks for in a recruit.
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