Iowa recruiting mailbag: What is up with Iowa, Jirehl Brock and running back?
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What is up with Iowa, Jirehl Brock and running back?
Fans bombarded me with some version of this question starting Monday once Rivals’ Blair Sanderson first reported 4-star 2019 running back Jirehl Brock won’t be visiting Iowa this weekend.
The news is shocking. Iowa was the first program to offer Brock and was considered in good position to land his commitment.
What exactly happened is murky with inconsistent rumblings surrounding the cancelled official visit. The only substantive public comments on the situation have come from Brock’s mom on Twitter.
Pay close attention when people show you who they really are. Most people really don't have your best interest at heart. It's best to seek God in all things because He knows the real deal… you can't put your trust in man. #SeekGodFirst
— Resha Brock (@ReshaBrock) June 18, 2018
So what is next? For Iowa, the situation comes down to this: Is landing a 3-star prospect better for the program than Brock?
It’s a fascinating question, one that may take years to answer. The Hawkeyes are considered a favorite to land 3-star 2019 running back Tyler Goodson. He will announce his commitment on July 3.
Also, the Hawkeyes have been in good standing with 3-star Illinois running back Jacardia Wright for months.
A week ago, running back was arguably the biggest recruiting need at Iowa. The addition of junior college transfer Mekhi Sargent changed the equation.
Iowa went from likely needing to bring in two running backs to one in 2019. Sargent holds three years of eligibility and earned All-American honors at Iowa Western Community College in 2017.
This all leads to the discussion of if Sargent and a 3-star back is Iowa’s best option for the long run.
It’s impossible to answer now, but Iowa fans will likely have a front row seat for whatever Brock’s future holds. He already took official visits to Northwestern and Minnesota. He is taking one to Iowa State this weekend. The Hawkeyes play each program every season.
Notre Dame is making a late push for Brock, but odds are he plays for an in-state or conference rival. It adds another level of intrigue to an already compelling recruiting situation.
How does the hype around Cornhuskers recruiting impact the Hawkeyes? If they win at a Wisconsin level does it hurt Iowa?
— Travis Tomlinson
Don’t look now, Iowa fans, but Nebraska is making waves in recruiting. New coach Scott Frost landed a commitment from 4-star 2019 quarterback Luke McCaffrey on June 6.
Expect Iowa and Nebraska to duel for prospects in the same manner the Hawkeyes currently do with Minnesota and Iowa State.
Nebraska is making Iowa prospects a focus thanks to the connections of defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, a former Iowa offensive lineman and Iowa native.
The Cornhuskers are making a strong push for 2019 in-state defensive end Mosai Newsom and 2021 defensive line prospects T.J. Bollers and Griffin Liddle. Iowa has offered all three.
Yes, if Nebraska wins at a Wisconsin-like level it will be hard to recruit against the Cornhuskers. But that’s going to be the case against whichever program asserts itself as the class of the Big Ten West division, as the Badgers certainly have in recent years.
The short-term and long-term future of Iowa-Nebraska recruiting is likely to be fascinating and could potentially ratchet the intensity of the rivalry up a notch or two.
What position will be Iowa’s “biggest get” in 2019?
— Adam Feller
Let’s ignore the running back situation for the moment. There isn’t an obvious choice. Iowa filled most of its needs earlier in the recruiting cycle.
The Hawkeyes are likely bringing in one or two more defensive linemen and there are plenty of interesting options, including 3-star prospect Jalen Hunt and Newsom. The team will likely add a second wide receiver, tight end and defensive back, but is sitting in good position with a commitment at each spot.
I’m going to go with wide receiver. Arguably the team’s top remaining target is 4-star wide receiver David Bell. Bell looks like the kind of instant impact playmaker Iowa sorely needs. The Hawkeyes are still trying build up a Big Ten-level receiving corp, and adding Bell likely shortens the rebuild period.
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