IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa is off to a strong start recruiting start with the Class of 2019. The Hawkeyes hold three top 245 commits and the No. 18 class, according to 247Sports. They’ll need to build upon their early success if this class is to match, or exceed, the top 40 2018 class.
Who can Iowa round out 2019 with? Land of 10 provides eight names to keep your eyes on. Iowa has already offered them and their commitment would go a long way to helping the Hawkeyes maintain a high-class ranking.
QB Max Duggan, 4 star
Max Duggan is a high priority for the Hawkeyes, but landing his commitment is far from a guarantee. The Hawkeyes jumped in early on the in-state prospect, from Lewis Central High School. They offered him in October 2016.
Duggan’s recruiting blew up in the last year. His offers include Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska. He’s a potential centerpiece of the recruiting class and beating out powerhouse programs for him would be one of coach Kirk Ferentz’s biggest recruiting wins in recent years.
QB Taisun Phommachanh, 4 star
Duggan was the only quarterback the Hawkeyes offered until they extended one to Taisun Phommachanh in January. He is a listed as a dual-threat on the recruiting websites, but appears to be more athletic than quick, like Iowa redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Mansell, rather than a Michael Vick-type rushing threat.
The 6-foot-3, 186-pound Phommachanh is from Avon Old Farms, the same Connecticut prep school as 2018 wide receiver signee Nico Ragaini. His recruiting is picking up. His offers include Michigan, TCU, Syracuse, Boston College and Minnesota.
RB Jirel Brock, 4 star
The 6-0, 200-pound Jirel Brock is almost everything Iowa looks for in a running back. He has speed, isn’t shy about running over defenders and combines the two into a series of big runs on his Hudl highlights.
The Hawkeyes are well positioned with Brock, offering him last March. Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Missouri and Minnesota are among his other offers.
DE Beau Robbins, 4-star
Iowa has extended a lot of offers to 4-star prospects in this class. Several, like Indiana wide receiver David Bell, hold offers from multiple blue-blood programs.
It’s hard to tell if Iowa is a legitimate player in those recruitments.
If Iowa is to land a 4-star out-of-state prospect it’s likely to be one whose recruiting hasn’t hit the national level yet. Beau Robbins has not. His offers include Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Like Bell, Robbins is from Indiana and securing a commitment would help Iowa as it tries to create a pipeline in the state.
DE Mosai Newsome, 3-star
Defensive end is a priority in this class. Signing two seems likely. The 6-3, 252-pound Mosai Newsome is athletic and moves in ways most kids his size can’t. He is one of the top in-state players and is a priority for Iowa in this class.
LB Jack Campbell, 3-star
Iowa likes to lock down the state’s top talent. After Duggan and Newsome, Jack Campbell may be the best uncommitted player in the state. The Hawkeyes offered Campbell last June and this recruitment is likely to come down to Iowa and Iowa State.
CB Derrick Miller, 3-star
Cornerback isn’t a major need in the class, but the Hawkeyes will sign at least one. Derrick Miller likes Iowa and he is from St. Louis, a recruiting area Iowa is trying to tap more into.
WR Maurice Massey, 3-star
Maurice Massey is another St. Louis product. He recently de-committed from Iowa State and the 6-3, 180-pound receiver is the kind of playmaker Iowa is searching for at a position in need of an upgrade in production.