Iowa recruiting mailbag: Will the Hawkeyes land Jack Campbell?
Have Iowa football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Iowa recruiting mailbag to discuss Hawkeyes recruiting. This week, we’ll discuss a big decision looming from an in-state prospect and exactly where the coaching staff is (and isn’t) focusing its recruiting efforts.
Where does Iowa sit with Jack Campbell?
Cedar Falls High School (Iowa) 3-star linebacker Jack Campbell is scheduled to announce his decision on Saturday.
Iowa is sitting in good position with Campbell. He has visited multiple times in the last year, as good a sign of player interest as any.
Also, he told the Des Moines Register’s Matthew Bain he is picking a program, in part, based on which program will develop him the best. That is good news for Iowa, which sells itself as a developmental program to every prospect it recruits.
Iowa State and Minnesota are the other finalists. Both staffs are strong at recruiting, but Iowa is considered the favorite.
Is it a concern three of the four commits are from one position?
— Joe Williams
Not at all. Recruiting is about amassing talent and Iowa has certainly done that. Two of the three offensive lineman are 4-star commits. Any team is going to take Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres, regardless if it’s early in a recruiting cycle or late.
Talent trumps everything. Iowa took one more defensive back than it initially budgeted for in each of the last two classes because there was a late option the team thought possessed talent capable of helping the team. It was Trey Creamer in 2017 and Dallas Craddieth in 2018.
The early offensive line commitments mean Iowa is nearly done with the position group for 2019. The team is expected to add one more player up front, but with the offensive line essentially filled up, the Hawkeyes can finish on other position groups in the class.
Is there a position Iowa won’t focus on heavily in 2019?
— Joe Williams
Don’t expect Iowa to focus heavily on defensive back in 2019. In fact, the Hawkeyes probably will limit their efforts to one or two defensive backs in this recruiting cycle.
The Hawkeyes signed 11 defensive backs in the last two classes. Now, Djimon Colbert moved to linebacker and Cam Harrell is working out at running back this spring, but that’s a lot of talent.
The future at the position is bright. Matt Hankins played as a freshman and opened spring practice as a starter. Geno Stone, Creamer and Josh Turner are promising, while 2018 signees Julius Brents, Craddieth, and D.J. Johnson earned 4-star rankings from 247Sports or Rivals.
Do any of the coaches go out recruiting this time of year or is this a slower period?
— Joe Williams
Coaches aren’t allowed to recruit off of campus right now. The spring evaluation period doesn’t begin until April 15. Expect Iowa to start using its spring visits after the spring game on April 20.
Now, an inability to leave campus doesn’t mean it’s a slow recruiting time. Recruits routinely make unofficial visits to Iowa during spring practice to take in games or scrimmages. The biggest date is usually the spring game, but prospects roll through campus in March and April, especially during their spring breaks from school.
It’s not the most important time in the recruiting calendar, but there are things going on with recruiting.
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