Iowa recruiting mailbag: Hawkeyes are sitting pretty with next class
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Where does Iowa sit with the 2019 class?
— Multiple inquiries
With the Class of 2018 locked up, it’s time to look to the future. Iowa is in a very good spot a year out from signing the Class of 2019. The Hawkeyes hold the No. 18 class in the nation with three commitments, according to 247Sports.
In true Iowa fashion, the (very early) backbone of the class is the offensive line. In-state tackles Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres are 4-star prospects on the 247Sports composite. Miller is ranked No. 65 nationally by 247Sports and Endres is No. 218.
Illinois tight end Logan Lee is the third commit, and 247Sports ranks him as a 4-star and the No. 245 prospect in the class. His 247Sports composite ranking is a 3-star.
Indiana 3-star defensive back Larry Tracey de-committed in January.
This is the start of what could be a very good class for the Hawkeyes.
What are positions of need in 2019?
— Joe Williams
This will likely be a smaller class. Iowa only has 11 seniors, but the end of season transfers will likely push that number up before the Class of 2019 signs.
The offensive line is a huge focus, but Iowa is off to a good start with Miller and Endres. Iowa may take one or two more players up front in this class.
Defensive end depth is needed in 2019 as well. Don’t be surprised if the Hawkeyes bring in multiple defensive ends in the class.
Wide receiver will continue to be a focus until production improves at the position, but don’t expect Iowa bring in four like in 2017.
Where is the hotbed this year, like St. Louis last?
— Jeff Schultz
It very well could be St. Louis again. The 2019 talent is on par, if not better, than the 2018 talent from St. Louis. Iowa has offered 10 St. Louis-area players, and Land of 10 wrote about the impact of St. Louis recruiting for Iowa here.
Indiana is another location the Hawkeyes will try to turn into a recruiting pipeline. Iowa signed four players from the state in 2018 and already has offered eight players in 2019.
Also, keep an eye on Texas. Iowa jumped back into the state with some 2019 offers during the January evaluation period.
Who is a 2019 player to keep an eye on?
— Multiple inquiries
The Hawkeyes are recruiting a lot of high-end and/or interesting prospects in the 2019 class. The most intriguing name on the board may well be Illinois 4-star running back Jirehl Brock. He is a playmaker and the kind of potential impact prospect Iowa covets in its run-based offense. Here are his Hudl highlights.
The Hawkeyes have recruited Brock for a long time, offering him last March. Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Missouri and Minnesota are among his other offers.
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