Iowa recruiting mailbag: The Class of 2018 quarterback plan
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Seems Iowa is offering a lot of quarterbacks lately. Do they see QB as a need in the 2018 class?
— Joe Williams
Yes, quarterback is one of the remaining areas of need in the Class of 2018, especially with defensive end John Waggoner now in the fold. Iowa, like most programs, tries to add a quarterback in every recruiting class. The need is heightened in this recruiting cycle because depth is thin. There is starter Nate Stanley and Peyton Mansell is redshirting. The rest of the position is a question mark. Fans wonder if Tyler Wiegers will transfer after the bowl game and Ryan Boyle, the No. 3 quarterback most of the season, didn’t travel to the Nebraska game.
Matthew Baldwin (Lake Travis/Austin, Texas), Spencer Petras (Marin Catholic/Kentfield, Calif.) and Zachary Wilson (Corner Canyon/Draper, Utah) are top quarterback targets. Each was offered in the last week.
Baldwin recently de-committed from Colorado State, but Ohio State could be the favorite. He holds an offer from the Buckeyes and visited the campus in November.
Petras is an Oregon State commit, but he appears to be evaluating his options after a coaching change. Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com caught up with Petras this week. Blair Sanderson of Rivals is reporting that Iowa will visit Petras again on Wednesday.
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) December 5, 2017
Wilson is a Boise State commit.
Any LB recruits you see playing right away next year?
— Clint Harms
Iowa is recruiting Butler (Kan.) Community College linebacker Will Honas for this reason. He recorded 96 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions this season.
At a minimum, Honas can provide immediate depth at a position in need of it. In a best-case scenario he wins a starting job in camp.
Honas is taking his official visit to Iowa this weekend. The Hawkeyes are considered the favorite to land Honas, as Matthew Bain of the Des Moines Register reported on Nov. 30.
The recruiting battle for Honas is getting pretty intense. He has visited Kansas State. Mississippi and Pittsburgh are in the picture as well, and Nebraska just jumped in with an offer.
Honas plans to enroll in January. The spring semester would give him a jump-start on trying to earn playing time wherever he ends up signing.
Signing day in December — how does that affect bowl prep
— Eugene Pinney
This is a great question. There probably will be a better answer from the Iowa staff when the media gets the opportunity to ask.
The biggest change is probably in the number of official visits happening in December rather than January. The Hawkeyes are hosting their big official-visit weekend starting Friday. Other recruits may come in later in the month for official visits, but by hosting what is currently almost 20 prospects just before finals week begins ensures one of the biggest December recruiting items is off the table before Iowa starts its bowl practices.
Recruiting, in-home and official visits aren’t new for December. The importance — and for official visits, the volume — is increased because of the early signing period.
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