IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa hosted more than a dozen recruits for the open spring practice, including its first official spring visitor, on Friday night.
Georgia 3-star running back Tyler Goodson made his official visit for the conclusion of spring practice. He headed to campus with Jayden McDonald, his North Gwinnett High School teammate who’s an Iowa 2018 linebacker signee.
This is the first year for recruits to take official visits during the spring and Goodson was the first recruit to take advantage.
Goodson wanted to make a trip to Iowa for a while, but couldn’t fit it into his schedule. His first chance to head north came in the spring, which coincided with the official recruiting period. Turning his visit into an official made perfect sense to him.
“I did my own research and I felt I was a good fit there,” Goodson told Land of 10 on Tuesday. “Plus, (running backs) coach (Derek) Foster and I have a good relationship and I have a teammate that’s committed that is going to play up there. That is what made me make my decision to go on the official.”
He is also considering Iowa State, Indiana, Nebraska, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He plans to take an official to each program in the spring and make his decision during the summer.
Goodson isn’t the only Class of 2019 running back in Kinnick Stadium on Friday. One of Iowa’s top recruiting targets, Illinois 4-star running back Jirehl Brock, took in the open spring practice. He cut his recruitment to seven programs on Friday. Iowa offered Brock first and is considered one of the favorites for his services.
Indiana 3-star cornerback Larry Tracy attended the spring practice with his cousin, Class of 2018 wide receiver signee Tyrone Tracy Jr. Larry verbally committed to Iowa last July. He de-committed in January because he felt he made his initial commitment too soon. The Hawkeyes are still in his top 5.
Most of Iowa’s 2018 signees and three of the five 2019 commits attended the spring practice. The 2019 commits at Kinnick Stadium were 4-star in-state offensive tackles Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres, and Illinois 4-star tight end Logan Lee.