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Nearly 50 recruits are expected to attend the Iowa-Purdue football game this weekend.

Iowa-Purdue recruiting visitors confirmed; Anthony Hitchens’ versatility shines

Iowa football is always the main topic in Iowa Breakfast Club, Land of 10’s daily Hawkeyes notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Hawkeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Iowa football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Growing guest list

Rob Howe of previews the prospects taking in the Iowa-Purdue game this weekend. Nearly 50  commits and targets are expected to attend. The biggest uncommitted Class of 2018 name on the list is 3-star safety Dallas Craddieth.

Why Anthony Hitchens matters

Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys, breaks down to the Dallas Morning News why former Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens is important to the defense. Here’s a hint: It lies in his versatility.

Make me smile

What is the biggest tell that Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley is about to have a good performance? He smiles. No joke and it’s why the sight of his pearly whites should be a concern for Iowa opponents.

Is 8 enough?

Iowa football fans can be a fickle bunch. If the Hawkeyes end the regular season with eight wins — a real possibility — will that qualify as a successful season for the fan base?  Land of 10 explored the question.

What’s your prediction?

Will Iowa bounce back against Purdue on Saturday? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette makes his guess here. Odds are, the fan base will like it.

Iowa’s emotional leader

If the Hawkeyes need a pick-me-up on game day they turn to fullback Drake Kulick. His pregame speeches inject life into the team. Land of 1o profiles the senior before his final game in Kinnick Stadium.

Something missing

Thursday wasn’t the best day for Iowa men’s basketball. The Hawkeyes played lackluster against Grambling State in an 85-74 win. Then, after the game, the Hawkeyes revealed that point guard Connor McCaffery will miss at least three weeks with mono.

Time to shine

The Hawkeyes open the wrestling season by hosting the Iowa City Duals on Friday. It’s the return of heavyweight Sam Stoll, coming off his second ACL surgery. Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register tells Stoll’s story here.

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