Iowa OL Prospects

The Iowa coaches are out on the recruiting trail this month before bringing prospects to town for camps in June. Here's a look at some of the offensive linemen with Hawkeye offers and interest.

Iowa created early noise in the 2014 recruiting class when nationally top-rated guard Ross Pierschbacher verbally committed in January. The Hawkeyes followed it up in April with a pledge from another in-state offensive lineman, Lucas LeGrand of Dubuque Senior.

It's a position of strength at Iowa under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Highly-regarded recruits at that spot from across the country usually listen when the Hawkeyes talk.

Even with Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls) and LeGrand in the fold, Iowa is pursuing more front men. The Hawkeye starting line this fall could include four upperclassmen.

Here's a look at Iowa's recruiting at the position:

Ross Pierschbacher, 6-5, 270, Cedar Falls - The offers keep rolling in for the talented Pierschbacher. Alabama, Stanford and USC are among a group of top programs that have extended him an opportunity this spring. The Scout.com No.1-ranked guard said he won't visit any other schools until after the season, giving the Hawkeyes a chance to show they have things going back in the right direction after a 4-8 2013. This situation is sure to keep the fans and coaches on pins and needles until signing day in February.

Lucas LeGrand, 6-5, 260, Dubuque Senior - Iowa pounced on the talented LeGrand before his recruitment by others got anywhere. A talented athlete who plays basketball, he could end up at tackle or guard.

D.J. Foster, 6-3, 314, Lincoln (NE) Southeast - The top-ranked player in a talent 2014 Class for Nebraska, Foster already holds an impressive list of scholarship offers that includes Florida, Georgia and home-town Nebraska, among others. Iowa is in the picture, here, because of its offensive line reputation. That said, Foster's will be a tough commitment to obtain.

Keegan Render, 6-4, 315, Indianola (IA) High - One of the top in-state talents left on the board, Render has not given any indication he's ready to end his recruitment. Render, who also plays basketball, holds offers from Iowa and Iowa State and also has some other programs like Notre Dame and Wisconsin poking around. He certainly could see his offer list grow.

Justin Falcinelli, 6-5, 290, Middleton (MD) High - Falcinelli could represent a good litmus test for how Iowa might do in the Maryland area after Darrell Wilson left for Rutgers. As mentioned, line is the position where Iowa can stack up on a national basis. The Hawkeyes have plenty of competition here with schools like Clemson, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford and others already in with offers.

Braden Smith, 6-6, 292, Olathe (KS) South - Iowa offered early but the chances of landing this five-star tackle are slim. He has his pick of any school in the country.

Damian Prince, 6-7, 310, Bishop Mcnamara (Forestville, MD) - The same school that produced Iowa safety Nico Law has one of the top tackles in the '14 class. Much like Smith, Prince has his pick of schools.

Jamarco Jones, 6-5, 285, Chicago De La Salle Institute - Jones has held an Iowa offer for quite some time. He announced a Top 4 of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State earlier this month.

Roderick Johnson, 6-7, 320, Hazelwood Central (Florissant, MO) - Iowa offered Johnson very early in the process. The Hawkeyes jumped in more than a year ago. Since then, the massive tackle has seen his recruitment explode. Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are among an impressive group of schools chasing him.

Brian Wallace, 6-6, 295, St. Louis Christian Brothers College - Proving it has strong evaluation ability at the position, Iowa offered Wallace early. Georgia, Missouri, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA and others also are on board. This will be an uphill battle for the Hawkeyes.

Other Possibilities without Iowa Offer - Shane Evans (Crystal Lake, IL), Beau Benzschawel (Grafton, WI), Justin Muehlheausler (Kirkwood, MO), Walter Rauterkus (Avon, OH).

Off the Board - Brian Allen (Michigan State), Orlando Brown (Tennessee).


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