Iowa recruiting mailbag: Breaking down the 2018 QB options
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 balancing out athletes on both side of the football and worst-case recruiting scenarios.
What QBs are the Hawkeyes looking at in this recruiting class? Any positions full that they won’t take any more of this year?
— Joe Williams
Two good questions. Let’s tackle the quarterbacks first. Iowa is in a tight spot for the Class of 2018 at quarterback. Everyone the team already offered committed elsewhere or isn’t showing much interest in the Hawkeyes.
It’s recruiting. This happens, but quarterback is the one spot a team never really wants it to happen at. Right now, the Hawkeyes are evaluating quarterbacks in the class. Trey Lance (Marshall, Minn.) and Carter Bradley (Providence/Jacksonville, Fla.) are two players to keep an eye on. The Hawkeyes have yet to offer either one.
Lance is a 247Sports composite 3-star dual-threat quarterback. He committed to North Dakota State in May but it hasn’t stopped Iowa from looking into him.
Bradley is a 3-star pro-style signal caller. He is uncommitted, but the competition is fierce. Bradley holds 21 offers, with Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wisconsin considered the frontrunners.
It’s too early to know whether either will wind up with the Hawkeyes, but those are two quarterbacks to watch.
As for the second question, the Hawkeyes are full at running back, with Henry Geil committed, and at tight end, with Anthony Torres locked up. The defensive backfield is likely compete with three commitments, but odds are Iowa wouldn’t turn down a commitment from 3-star prospect Dallas Craddieth (Hazelwood Central/Florissant, Mo.).
Wide receiver and defensive line are in a similar position as defensive back. The Hawkeyes could head to signing day where they currently sit, but they aren’t necessarily done at either spot. Dowling Catholic High School (Iowa) defensive end John Waggoner is the biggest priority left on Iowa’s recruiting board in 2018.
Any for sure position change for particular recruits when they get to Iowa?
— Clint Harms
The biggest change in the Class of 2018 will be with Samson Evans (Prairie Ridge/Crystal Lake, Ill.). He is a high school quarterback in a triple-option attack. The offense highlights his athleticism. That trait is part of the reason why Iowa plans to move him to wide receiver next season.
Also, Tyrone Tracy (Decatur Central/Indianapolis) is listed as a running back by 247Sports. He is a multipurpose weapon in high school, making plays at running back and in the passing game. He is expected to play wide receiver with the Hawkeyes.
Have a question about Iowa recruiting? Tweet us @Landof10Iowa and we’ll try to answer it in a future mailbag. Check to see if your issue already was addressed by reading previous Iowa recruiting mailbags here.