Iowa’s 2019 in-state prospects boast tenacious defenders, plus a high-level QB
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 2018 football recruiting class was finalized on Wednesday, but that’s hardly the end of the recruiting cycle for Iowa’s coaching staff.
With an early signing period and allowable spring visits for the first time, evaluations on 2019 prospects have accelerated for all coaches. So most have extended plenty of scholarship offers ahead of its traditional — or even preferable — time period.
For the Hawkeyes, there usually are a handful of game-changing prospects within its state borders and several already have picked their schools. A few others remain uncommitted while a few need more evaluation. Let’s take a look at the top 12 in-state prospects entering the spring evaluation period. We’ll break it down by who has picked Iowa, who hasn’t and who remains open.
OL Ezra Miller, 6-foot-6, 310, Ridge View High School (Holstein) — 4-star recruit by 247Sports
- Skinny: Miller is big, physical and nasty. He drives anyone in his path and routinely finishes them as late as possible. It will be interesting see how he develops in the weight room and with Iowa’s coaching. He could become a devastating interior blocker.
OL Tyler Endres, 6-6, 280, Norwalk High School — 4-star recruit by 247Sports
- Skinny: Endres has good feet and lateral quickness to go along with excellent size. He does a nice job of setting the edge and finishes blocks. He looks like Endres could play either tackle or guard at Iowa.
WR Darien Porter, 6-4, 165, Bettendorf High School — 3-star recruit by 247Sports (Iowa State)
T Jake Remsburg, 6-6, 285, West Des Moines Valley High School — 3-star recruit by 247Sports (Iowa State)
QB Max Duggan, 6-2, 180, Council Bluffs Lewis Central High School — 4-star recruit by 247Sports
- Skinny: National recruiting powers Ohio State, Georgia, TCU and Penn State have offered Duggan, which accelerates the Hawkeyes’ intensity in landing the state’s best quarterback prospect since Kyle Orton. Additionally, Council Bluffs is on the border with Nebraska, which has made Duggan just as much of a priority as Iowa. Iowa State and Minnesota also are in the mix. Duggan is similar to former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa only with a much stronger arm.
DL Mosai Newsom, 6-5, 245, Waverly-Shell Rock High School — 3-star by 247Sports
- Skinny: This could come down to Iowa and Minnesota, which is really ramping up efforts across the border. The Hawkeyes and Gophers currently are the only Power 5 offers for Newsom. Waverly is located about 90 minutes north of Iowa City and about three hours south of Minneapolis. Newsom has position flexibility but could develop into a solid three-technique defensive tackle.
LB Jack Campbell, 6-4, 210, Cedar Falls High School — 3-star by 247Sports
- Skinny: Campbell is a priority. He’s long and athletic as well as heavy hitter. A good comparison is former Iowa linebacker A.J. Edds. Although Campbell has generated modest interest from Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, three schools strongly have targeted Campbell: Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota. Campbell had 92 1/2 tackles, including 12 for a loss, and 5 sacks last year.
RB/LB Cameron Baker, 6-2, 210, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson — 3-star by 247Sports
- Skinny: Iowa seems to be in great position with Baker, who rushed for 1,852 yards, 20 touchdowns and averaged 9.4 yards per carry last fall. As a linebacker, 40 of his 44 1/2 tackles were solo stops. Iowa so far is the only school offering Baker and foes Iowa State, Minnesota Purdue and Kansas State have shown just moderate interest. Baker could play either side of the ball but seems a more natural linebacker.
LB Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West — 3-star by 247Sports
- Skinny: Mabry was a tackling machine at the Class 4A runner-up alongside Iowa recruit Dillon Doyle. Marby had 56 1/2 tackles, including a team-high 31 solo stops last year. Iowa State has offered while Iowa has shown interest. Mabry is a terrific tackler — even in the open field — and could fit an outside linebacker/strong safety role or possible bulk up and play in the box.
LB Coal Flansburg, 6-2, 235, Solon — no stars
- Skinny: Flansburg is an explosive, powerful hitter as a middle linebacker. He also brings high energy. Like many former big high school linebackers in this region, Flansburg looks like he could bulk up and play defensive tackle at the next level. He has an Iowa State offer and interest from Iowa.
WR/DB Quinn Schulte, 6-0, 180, Cedar Rapids Xavier — no stars
- Skinny: Schulte was a do-it-all player for the Class 3A champion Saints last year. He picked off 5 passes and completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and 1 interception. Schulte also ran for 968 yards and 20 touchdowns. He comes from a well-known family and program and his athletic ability suggests he could play wide receiver or safety at the next level. He’s had discussions with Iowa and Iowa State’s coaching staffs but no offers.
RB Jayson Murray, 5-9, 180, West Des Moines Dowling — no stars
- Skinny: Murray has no offers and only modest interest from Iowa and Iowa State. But his numbers are outstanding. Murray rushed for 1,947 rushing yards at 8.0 yards a carry and 29 touchdowns for the Class 4A state champions. Summer camps might be the way for Murray to prove he’s worthy of a Division I roster. With his height, dimensions and elusiveness, he compares favorable with former Iowa running back Fred Russell.