Iowa recruiting mailbag: Who are top priorities for spring evaluation period?
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What is Iowa’s recruiting focus during spring evaluations?
I’ve heard this question in slightly different variations on Facebook Live, social media and in person the last few weeks. With the Iowa staff back on the road for the spring evaluation period, let’s reset Iowa’s recruiting picture for 2019.
Iowa holds the No. 29-ranked class, according to the 247Sports composite. The Hawkeyes have five commitments.
The stars of the class are 4-star tackles Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres. The other commitments: 4-star tight end Logan Lee, 3-star offensive lineman Noah Fenske and 3-star linebacker Jack Campbell.
Expect about 20 players in the class. Here are five key players being recruited by Iowa:
4-star WR David Bell
David Bell probably is the top player on Iowa fans’ recruiting boards. He’s likely in the same spot with the team. Bell, from Indiana, is the kind of top-end talent Iowa hasn’t landed at receiver in recent years.
Iowa is in good position thanks to the legwork put in by recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell. David Bell visited campus this spring. Landing him will be tough with Ohio State, Penn State and many other schools extending offers.
4-star RB Jirehl Brock
Running back is a priority for Iowa in the 2019 class. Expect Iowa to add two. Jirehl Brock, who is from Quincy, Ill., is atop the wish list. Iowa was the first to offer and he attended the spring game. Brock recently released his seven finalists. Don’t be surprised if his recruitment comes down to Iowa and Iowa State. Illinois, with some recent recruiting momentum, can’t be overlooked.
4-star LB Nick Henrich
The Omaha, Neb., prep is in hot demand. Nick Henrich holds a wide range of offers including Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Nebraska, Iowa State and Minnesota.
Henrich is the kind of physical, athletic linebacker Iowa craves. He visited campus this spring. The good news for Iowa is his dad played tennis at Iowa and he grew up a Hawkeyes fan. Iowa usually does well in this kind of recruiting situation. Time will tell if that’s the case with Henrich.
3-star QB Sam Johnson
Quarterback is a priority in every class. Sam Johnson is Iowa’s top quarterback option and the Hawkeyes made his final five list. He expects to make a decision in May. The big question here is Michigan. Johnson is from Michigan and by all accounts his family members are fans of the Wolverines. Will the lurking in-state program land him or will he head out of state?
3-star DE Mosai Newsom
Mosai Newsom is the top-rated in-state player remaining in the 2019 class. He plays another position of importance. Newsom is good friends with Iowa’s in-state 2019 commits, especially Campbell. That’s a good sign. The Hawkeyes will need to hold off Nebraska, Minnesota and Northwestern to secure his services.
Here is one other name to keep an eye on. Michigan 3-star defensive end Jalen Hunt seems interested in the Hawkeyes. His Belleville High School coach, Jermain Crowell, coached former Iowa cornerback Desmond King at Cass Tech in Detroit.
“I was just at Desmond King’s house when we were in Cali,” Crowell told Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly. “Desmond King had Jalen Hunt damn-near ready to commit to Iowa.”
Hunt’s recruitment is wide open and Michigan State is a program to watch. But it sounds like another chat with King could be Iowa’s best bet to lock up this recruitment.
Does the Friday spring game allow more or less recruits to attend?
— Joe Johnson
I don’t think it makes much of a difference. If it did, Iowa wouldn’t have gone with a spring game on Friday night for the second straight year. The spring game is as much about recruiting as it is the game itself.
The Hawkeyes brought in more than a dozen recruits for the game, along with almost the entire 2018 signing class.
That’s a decent showing for a spring game on a Friday night.
— Tom Henricks
It’s a minor upset that Iowa didn’t land a commit at the spring game or in its immediate aftermath. I wrote about the targets most likely to be the next commit here.
Break down the QB scenario with Max Duggan to TCU
— Jeff Schulz
No problem, Jeff. I did it a few weeks ago. Here you go. Right now, Johnson really is Iowa’s only target.
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