Marques Simmons made the move for good out of Lincoln, Nebraska this past Friday after completing finals. He also made a stop by Iowa City on his return home. Right now, the Hawks are considered the team to beat, but Marques wants to wait a week or two to field offers.
If Marques elects to become a Hawkeye, he will be joined by fellow Davenport North alum WR Kennon Christian (6'1 205 4.6). Christian has informed the staff he will be walking on next season, which was very exciting news for the staff. Kennon finished second in the hurdles in this spring's Drake Relays, and is a very good athlete.
Also, if Marques Simmons elects to become a Hawkeye, it could spell the end of the recruitment of Utah transfer FB Mark Palmer. Palmer, who offically visited the weekend of the spring football game. Palmer was slated to make a decision soon between Iowa, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Boston College.
The Hawks are making a strong move in the state of Nebraska shown with the early offer to Bennington OL Andrew Christensen. The 6'3 275 pound Mebraska native is very impressive on junior film, and has the footwork, leadership, and toughness desired in playing either the guard or center position. He did suffer a knee injury early this spring, but it checked out alright with the Hawkeye staff. While Nebraska remains slow in offering, the Hawks continue to increase the interest. If a Husker offer does not come soon there is a chance of a verbal commitment to occur in summer camp. Iowa State has also offered Christensen.
Lastly, one other player that could make his decision known this summer is Ankeny DE Grant McCracken. Although he is awaiting a Notre Dame offer and will attempt to earn one at their summer camp. Grant has been tremendously impressed with the Hawks. Also, the Hawks will not play second fiddle, and will put the pressure on McCracken for a commitment come summer camp. They would like to take care of the majority of their in-state recruiting heading into the fall to give them momentum for the season.