Prospect Camp Blog

Iowa is holding its prospect camps this month and there's a lot of evaluating in progress. Here's a look at some daily news and notes from the sessions.

As I mention in a thread in The Swarm, I plan on writing updates on prospects attending the Iowa camps after they follow up with the coaches on the phone. It will be more informative.

I'm still checking in with these guys on the days they camp and getting some tidbits, however. I will use this space to compile them.

Monday, June 10

-A couple of quarterback targets showed off for the coaches on Monday. Ames High signal caller Sam Straub made his second stop to Iowa in the last few months. Connecticut's Stephen Barmore traveled a long way west.

"Camp went really well," Barmore said. "Coach (Greg) Davis really liked me and I thought I performed well."

Barmore will stay in Iowa City overnight and get a campus tour on Tuesday. I will catch up with him after that.

Iowa is reportedly playing host to Arkansas quarterback commitment, Rafe Peavey, this week. The Hawkeyes likely are waiting on him to make his final decision before offering more players at the position.

"I talked to Coach Davis and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz for a bit," said Straub, who was pleased with his camp performance. "They said they are basically waiting to hear from what one of their offers does and then they would let me know because I am one of their top guys."

-Saint Charles (IL) North Tight End Garrett Johnson was surprised when he showed up at Iowa on Monday.

"It went well," Johnson said. "They had me doing stuff with the O-Line. It was a bit new for me but I tried to learn as much as I could from the time I had with them."

Johnson did not get much time with the coaches.

"I just spoke with them about my offers; not much other than that," he said.

-Zac Hare, a fullback/linebacker from Stillman Valley (IL) High, performed for the Iowa coaches.

"It went very well," Hare said "I had a lot of fun. I talked to my recruiting coach (Jim Reid) for a bit."

Hare is scheduled to call Reid later this week to get more feedback on his day.

Sunday, June 9

-Fort Wayne, IN defensive back Donovan Clark made a lot of noise by ripping off a 4.44-second, 40-yard dash. He said the coaches were impressed with him and he's expected to speak with the staff on Wednesday. I will follow up with him as he could be close to an offer.

"They loved me they just want to get to know me a little bit better," Clark said Sunday. "I'm hoping we talk about an offer."

-Big 2015 offensive lineman Evan Mallory was pleased with his performance. The Brownsburg, IN product said he talked with his lead recruiter, Eric Johnson, after the camp and was expected to call the Iowa assistant later in the week.

-Omaha Quarterback Easton Stick said of the camp: "It was a lot of fun. I wasn't perfect but I'm glad I could be at camp and see all of the coaches again."

Stick visited Iowa this spring and Greg Davis watched him throw at Creighton Prep a few weeks ago. They have been talking weekly, Stick said, and he anticipated getting more feedback on his camp performance from Iowa's offensive coordinator later this week.

-Chicago Running Back James Butler said in a text: "I feel like I did good today (Sunday)." He's expected to talk with Jim Reid on Wednesday.

-Missouri linebacker Trey Knes said the camp was "great." He reported measuring in at 6-foot-3 1/2 and weighing 220 pounds, without shoes.

"There was some good competition and I feel like I played well," Knes said. "I met the head coach (Kirk Ferentz) and spent a lot of time with the linebacker coaches, Coach Reid and Coach (LeVar) Woods. I would really like to play for them and hope to get an offer."

Knes said he will call the Iowa coaches on Wednesday to get more feedback.

-Omaha Defensive End Harrison Phillips was in Iowa City again. He's been wanting an Iowa offer for a while but did not leave town with one. He was disappointed.

"I was at camp today," he wrote in a text. "No offer. I'm not feeling an interview. Sorry."

I like Phillips a lot and he has some strong offers. I'm not sure if Iowa is holding off because they know he likes it so much or if there is something in his game they want to see but haven't to date.

-In case you missed, Kansas City area linebacker Aaron Mends picked up an Iowa offer. Read about it here.

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