Offensive Line Recruiting Notes

The biggest need in the class of 2004 for the Hawks will undoubtedly be the offensive line. With five to six linemen being projected to sign in this early stage, HTO.com takes an in-depth look at whom the Hawks are eyeballing, and whom they have a good shot to land.

Iowa will be looking to sign two offensive tackles in this class with a third possibility. When I say third possibility, I'm referring to a guard/tackle combo. At this time, it is pretty easy to say the Hawks have identified their top tackle target.

It just so happens he hails from an ever so popular town in Erie, Pennsylvania. Although not from Cathedral Prep, the Hawks have set their sights on McDowell prospect Kyle Mitchum. At 6'7 295, Kyle is one of the nation's top offensive linemen, with offers from school such as Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, and Miami(FL). Kyle currently has the Hawks in his top five, and you can expect Iowa to land one of his official visits.

A second tackle is still being looked upon through film evaluation and summer camp. One prospect to watch out for is Phil Trautwein from East Voorhees Regional in New Jersey. The 6'6 270 has to show the Hawks he has adequate run blocking skills before being offered, but don't be surprised if Iowa joins Boston College on his list of offers.

Coming back to that third possibility, the Hawks have already identified their top tackle/guard combination in Brett Gallimore. Although Gallimore stands more around 6'4 than his listed 6'5, he has excellent footwork and explosiveness off the line. Iowa wants Gallimore very badly in this early stage, and is poising to be one of his top schools.

The Hawks also have added a new in-state targets to their list of recruits in La Porte City Union High School's Ben Dunkelberger and sophomore Matt Pipho. Ben will be attending the Iowa State camp, and will be attempting to make at least day of Iowa's, as there is a conflict with the date. Ben finished third in the state of Iowa in the heavyweight division in wrestling this past winter. Right now, Matt has impressed enough on film and has the frame to be considered the top offensive line recruit for the Class of 2005 at 6'7 245.

Do not expect Iowa to work very hard to convince Gopher commitment Lyndon Murtha to change his mind. The Hawks have identified several prospects whom they feel would fill their needs better than Murtha at this time.


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