Iowa recruiting mailbag: Top 3 remaining in-state recruiting targets
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 the best in-state recruiting options and a player to watch in 2020.
Who are the most important in-state 2019 targets?
I heard this question a few times after 3-star Jack Campbell committed to Iowa last Saturday. Three big names stand out.
- QB Max Duggan: The 4-star quarterback sits atop the list. His inclusion is obvious. He looks like a potential star player at the most important position on the field. Iowa’s chances of landing him aren’t extremely high, not with the likes of Ohio State and Notre Dame entering the recruiting picture. Nebraska is also a key name here.
- DE Mosai Newsom: The 3-star defensive end is an intriguing prospect. He is 6-foot-3, 252 pounds and very athletic. He is exactly what Iowa wants in a defensive end. Minnesota and Nebraska are also recruiting Newsom.
- ATH Cameron Baker: Baker is a 3-star prospect and is a potential linebacker or running back. Each is a position of need still in the class. Indiana is his only other Power 5 Conference offer. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Baker is the typical developmental prospect Iowa likes to recruit, regardless if it’s in-state or out of state. Iowa already holds four in-state commitments, including the top two in the 247Sports state rankings. Landing any combination of these three could give the Hawkeyes their strongest in-state batch of recruits in the last few years.
What is one 2020 prospect to keep an eye on?
Iowa already has extended more than 20 offers for 2020. There are several interesting names, but the one to watch is in-state 4-star running back Gavin Williams. He rushed for 732 yards and 12 touchdowns at Southeast Polk High School last season.
This is shaping up to be an in-state recruiting battle. Iowa and Iowa State are his two offers. He visited the Hawkeyes for junior day on March 4 and took an unofficial visit with the Cyclones in February.
Iowa has won a lot of the recent recruiting battles over top-end in-state talent.
Expect this recruitment to be closer than any of the ones from 2017 or 2018. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Any news regarding grad-transfer punters?
— Jared De Vries
At this point, I don’t think Iowa will go this route at punter. I know that doesn’t sit well with most of the fan base, but punter is in a better position than most realize.
A back injury limited Ryan Gersonde last season. When he did punt, he looked like a Big Ten punter. He averaged 42.5 yards on 13 punts with four fair catches, two punts inside the 20-yard line and five going more than 50 yards. Those are Big Ten-caliber stats.
Punting was a problem because he was forced out of the lineup once he overtook walk-on Colten Rastetter last season. A healthy Gersonde should solve all of Iowa’s problems.
The good thing about the punting situation is the staff has all of spring practice to evaluate it. If punting looks like it is a concern coming out of spring, Iowa can always see what punters are available as graduate transfers — also known as the free agents of college football.