IOWA CITY, Iowa — Secure a commitment. This is what Iowa’s biggest recruiting weekend in January boils down to.
The Hawkeyes brought in nearly 20 prospects on official visits, and for the weekend to be considered a success Iowa needs to land a commitment or two. The Hawkeyes could conceivably add at least five more players to the 2017 class, and it would make the final days before signing day on Wednesday a little less stressful if some of those openings were filled on Sunday.
Iowa pegged this as its big recruiting weekend well in advance, and a majority of the committed players were in town. Several key targets were, too. The Hawkeyes spent the first weekend of the January period on the road meeting with recruits. They brought in several others last weekend, but nothing like this.
The payoff needs to come on signing day. If it takes a prospect a day or two a few days to commit, so be it. But the Hawkeyes aren’t in a position to be missing out on recruits.
This isn’t a dire or unusual situation. The Hawkeyes are used to filling out their recruiting class with a few players late in the process — and seeing them become key contributors.
But it doesn’t change the fact they need players to round out their recruiting class. A player at a position of need, say linebacker or running back, would be ideal.
Florida 3-star running back Kyshaun Bryan already de-committed from South Carolina during his Iowa visit on Saturday.
— Kyshaun Bryan (@KyshaunB) January 28, 2017
Iowa City High’s Nate Wieland, a 2-star prospect, could very well fill the opening at linebacker.
The Northern Illinois commit seemed to be waiting for an offer before visiting. He cancelled a visit last weekend because the Huskies didn’t want a committed prospect visiting another program. Wieland set up a visit for this weekend once his Iowa offer came on Thursday.
He wasn’t the only Northern Illinois commit visiting over the last several days. Wisconsin 2-star defensive end Daviyon Nixon did as well.
Success this weekend is easily defined. It will occur when Iowa lands a 2017 commitment.