The second signing day of the 2018 cycle at Iowa is full of intrigue but in a completely different way from previous National Signing Days.
The December early signing period shifted nearly every prospect to the pre-Christmas date which lessened the impact of the traditional signing period. The Hawkeyes had 19 players sign letters of intent in December, although the school has not released the names of Julius Brents and D.J. Johnson, who wanted to officially unveil their signing on Wednesday.
Two more players committed to Iowa on Friday to give the Hawkeyes 21 commits or signees (22 if counting incoming grayshirt Riley Moss). It’s possible the Hawkeyes could land one more on signing day. Iowa associate operations director Scott Southmayd said last week the Hawkeyes could sign two or three more athletes.
Stay tuned throughout Wednesday — the traditional National Signing Day — for recruiting updates on Twitter from Land of 10’s Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) and Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) as well as the Land of 10’s Iowa account (@Landof10Iowa).
Iowa has two recruits signing scholarship contracts Wednesday — South Hamilton (Iowa) linebacker Logan Klemp and Belleville, Mich., safety Kaevon Merriweather. Merriweather was an unknown to nearly every recruiting outfit nationally. Klemp was a solid player at a small Iowa high school who had drawn plenty of interest from both Iowa and Iowa State but neither offered him until Friday.
On occasion Iowa will have players who make a big announcement on signing day, as Alaric Jackson did two years ago in Detroit. But it’s usually pretty low-key in Eastern Iowa, and such is the case this year.
Back in 2012, Iowa offered a scholarship to legacy George Kittle on signing day. That came out of nowhere to people who follow the program, and it worked out well. It’s possible Iowa could do the same, but not much is known about any signing-day scholarships.
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz will meet with media to discuss the above signings as well as any others (such as wide receiver Nico Ragaini, who committed, signed and already enrolled in school). His news conference is set for 4 p.m. CT in Iowa City. Stick with Land of 10 for updates and information from that news conference.