Iowa recruiting mailbag: Are Hawkeyes making progress with top-end receivers?
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Iowa focused heavily on wide receivers the last two seasons. Is it making progress on landing higher level receivers?
— @Cole Thornton
It’s a little unfair to render a decision here with the recruitment of 4-star wide receiver David Bell ongoing. Bell is the kind of “higher level” prospect Cole is talking about. Iowa has yet to land one of the instant-impact receivers recruiting analysts tend to give 4 or 5 stars.
The biggest problem for Iowa is its run-based offense and recent struggles in the passing game. Bell said Iowa must show improvement in its aerial attack to land his commitment. It makes sense. A wide receiver with the options Bell has wants to play in an offense that will best utilize his abilities.
The offense will continue to be a hurdle for Iowa to overcome with a prospect such as Bell until the team’s wide receiver production improves.
Iowa spent a lot of time on WR recently. What is the next position to focus on improving?
Funny you ask. I wrote about it here. The reason running back is a focus isn’t about improving the quality of the players at the position. It’s about adding depth.
Any reason why Iowa offered QBs with no relationship over a QB like Mark Waid who the team knows better?
— @Joe Williams
I don’t have any specifics in this case. In general, though, teams have a ranked or tiered list of players at each position in a recruiting class. The order can change as new players are identified or coaches watch players in person. It’s common for those changes to occur during the spring evaluation period.
Quarterback is a different beast. Iowa searches nationally at the position and isn’t afraid to venture to a far-off location if the team identifies a quarterback in whom it’s interested. Spencer Petras is a great example of that.
Iowa fans didn’t know 3-star prospects Connor Bazelak, Zach Calzada, Jacob Clark and Maverick McIvor before they received offers. That shouldn’t be surprising because Iowa essentially was starting over at quarterback in 2019. Mark Waid was one of the only names out there because he visited for the spring game.
Jalen Hunt on commit watch?
The 3-star defensive end has resided in this spot for a while — ever since his high school coach told Land of 10 that Desmond King had Hunt all but ready to commit earlier this spring.
By all accounts, the Hawkeyes are in good position with Hunt. The most pressing question involves his commitment timeline.
2019 defensive back Sebastian Castro knew Iowa was the school for him last spring. He didn’t commit until April 24.
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