Junior Day Primer

Iowa plays host to a key junior day on Saturday for prospects in the 2015 recruiting class and beyond. Get primed for the event as Hawkeye Insider introduces you to the players expected to be in Iowa City.

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In the world of college football, recruiting never stops. Its pace just keeps getting faster.

With three weeks remaining until it signs its 2014 recruiting class members to national letters of intent, Iowa plays host to an invitation-only, elite junior day Saturday for players more than a year away from inking with schools. Even a sophomore or two will visit campus for this event.

The Hawkeyes two known verbal commitments for 2015 - in-state lineman Jake Newborg and Illinois quarterback Jack Beneventi - confirmed with Hawkeye Insider that they will be in Iowa City this weekend. Both guys have been trying to persuade players in their class to join them at the Big Ten school.

One of the key visitors this weekend will be Jack Hockaday, a 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker from Maroa-Forsyth High in Illinois. He reports offers from Duke Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska.

Moville (Iowa) Woodbury Central twins, Levi and Landan Paulsen, told us they will not be in Iowa City. They are committed to a conference wrestling tournament. The Hawkeyes have offered the linemen scholarships.

Three different quarterbacks are confirmed visitors for Saturday. In-staters Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook are being looked at as signal callers right now but Tommy Stevens is being recruited as a safety.

West Des Moines Valley sophomore lineman John Raridon confirmed with HI that he will be on campus Saturday. The brother of Wisconsin's Sam Raridon, the elite all-state performer has secured offers from Iowa State and Nebraska.

Another Class of '16 prospect, Trent Maynard, says he will be in Iowa City. The 6-4, 285-pound sophomore is teammates with Stevens at Decatur Central in Indianapolis and holds an offer from Cincinnati.

A pair of Waukee (Iowa) High teammates, running back Trevor Allen and Anthony Nelson, a defensive end, said they would be at the Hawkeye Elite Junior Day. Two in-state linemen, Cedar Rapids Prairie's Bryce Meeker and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's Brett Waechter, also confirmed their attendance.

Seth Nerness, an athlete from eight-man Murray (Iowa) High, said he will be at Iowa Saturday. The 6-4, 200-pounder had been offered by Iowa State.

Naperville (IL) Central linebacker Bobby McMillen (story linked at top of page) told us that he's excited to visit Iowa this weekend. Grayslake North (IL) athlete Titus Booker said he'd be back in Iowa City after visiting the school in November.

Also expected to be in from The Land of Lincoln is Crete-Monee's Omari Stringer. The 6-3, 180-pound DB holds an offer from Toledo.

Four strong prospects from the North Star State are expected at Iowa's junior day. Cretin Derham Hall four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell tells Scout.com's Allen Trieu that he'll be back at Iowa. Trieu also conformed the attendance of '16 quarterback Seth Green of East Ridge High/ Drayton Calberg from Minneapolis De La Salle reports offers from Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. Red Wing DE/OT Nick Connelly is attracting interest from many FBS schools, including several in the Big Ten.

After visiting Kinnick Stadium for Iowa's last two home games of '13, Oak Creek (WI) High offensive lineman Nathan Veloz plans to be back in Iowa City this weekend. The 6-4, 310-pounder is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com.

Three more in-state prospects were scheduled to check out the Hawkeyes Saturday. West Des Moines Dowling Catholic defensive tackle Max Morris helped the Maroons win a state title after transferring in from Iowa City High in the offseason. Guttenberg Clayton Ridge High defensive end Ryan Moser impressed scouts this fall with athleticism at 6-6, 255. Humboldt linebacker Brady Ross has become very familiar with the Hawkeyes on his frequent visits.

Missouri will be represented at the event with Trieu reporting that running back Alec Murphy will be in Iowa City. The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder already reports an Illinois offer.


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