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Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz completed his best football class since 2011 on Wednesday.

Iowa brings home best Signing Day in 7 years; the ideal Iowa comparison for every 2018 signee

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Recruiting win

National Signing Day certainly counts as a win for Iowa. It was the highest rated class since 2011. The defense was the central reason why the grades for the class were so high.

Match game

Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com compared the 2018 class with former Iowa players. The fan base will likely be pleased if the comparison for defensive end John Waggoner turns out to be true.

Worked like a charm

The early signing period went just how the Hawkeyes hoped. Need proof? Look no further than 4-star safety Julius Brents. Marc Morehouse wrote on the Indiana defensive back, whose signing wasn’t announced until Wednesday. Morehouse explains why locking him up in December was the best thing possible.

Next man up

With the Class of 2018 signed and delivered, it’s time for the Class of 2019 to take center stage. Land of 10 looks ahead to where Iowa sits with 2019 commitments, what the positions of need are and a key name to remember in the class.

Step on in

The Hawkeyes are losing its three starting linebackers. They are bringing in four new signees in 2018. Coach Kirk Ferentz sees an opportunity for a newcomer to step in and earn playing time right away.

Non-recruiting news

Some non-recruiting news took place on Wednesday. New assistant coach Derrick Foster will coach the running backs and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz will slide over and coach tight ends. Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register covers it all here.

Sticking around

The New England Patriots re-signed former Iowa players James Ferentz and Riley McCarron on Wednesday. Each was on the team’s practice squad. Here the press release from the Patriots.

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