IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa picked up its fourth commitment, and second defensive back pledge, since Monday when Geno Stone announced he’d become a Hawkeye on Tuesday afternoon.
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— G◾️ (@GenoStone22) January 31, 2017
Georgia cornerback Trey Creamer committed on Monday night. Stone followed suit within 24 hours. Here are five things to know about him.
1. Stone is a 3-star 247Sports Composite prospect. He is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety from New Castle High School (Pa.).
2. He gave a pretty good hint he is coming to Iowa on Sunday on Twitter.
— G◾️ (@GenoStone22) January 29, 2017
Stone was having a little fun and, in hindsight, likely tipping his hand on his decision.
3. Iowa flipped Stone from Kent State. He committed to the Golden Flashes in December. The Hawkeyes put on a big recruiting push in January. He visited last weekend and committed two days after leaving campus.
4. Stone shows a knack for jumping in front of passes in his senior year Hudl highlights. Most of the clips are of him at quarterback. The shiftiness he displays in the pocket and running the ball should help him at safety. He does make a nifty one-handed interception at the 43-second mark of the video.
5. The commitment of Stone just made the secondary, one of Iowa’s biggest strengths in the 2017 class, even stronger. The Hawkeyes had five commitments before Stone’s announcement. It’s now six 3-star prospects and as deep a defensive back group as you’ll find. Iowa will need a few of these commits to become impact players on the back end. The odds of that happening get better as the number of 3-star prospects increases. It’s a simple numbers game.