Breaking Down '14 Class: Offense

After years of recruiting its members, the Iowa coaches are ready to welcome in their recruiting class of 2014. Hawkeye Insider Publisher Rob Howe takes a look at the players being brought in on offense, offering analysis, game film and comps to current and past Hawkeyes.

It's a big week for high school seniors across the country. They can sign national letters of intent to play college football at their schools of choice. That can begin on Wednesday.

To prepare Hawkeye fans for what they could see in their future at Kinnick Stadium, HI publisher Rob Howe takes a look at the players Iowa is bringing in on offense.

Let's take a look:

2014 Iowa Recruits: Offense
Location: Detroit, MI
High School: Detroit Country Day School
Size: 6-4/215
National Position Ranking: 28
Stars (5-Star Scale): 3
Recruitment: Committed to Rutgers last April before re-opening his recruitment in November. He officially visited Iowa shortly after that. The University of Pennsylvania also received an official visit from Wiegers, but he eventually settled on the Hawkeyes in late December.
Hawkeye Comp: Jake Rudock
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: Iowa identified Wiegers early as someone it liked. He fits into the Greg Davis offense as a signal caller that can read defenses quickly and react. Accuracy is his strength and he hits receivers in stride allowing them to make plays after the catch. Wiegers is well put together already and should be able to hold up to the rigors of Big Ten football even more once he spends time in the Hawkeye strength and conditioning program. He extends plays by being able to move in the pocket.
Location: Kirkwood, MO
High School: St. John Vianney
Size: 5-11/210
National Position Ranking: 23
Stars (5-Star Scale): 4
Recruitment: Committed to Missouri in November of 2012 before re-opening his recruitment last spring. He focused on the Tigers, Iowa and Ole Miss from there before settling on the Hawkeyes in early November.
Hawkeye Comp: Shonn Greene
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: Smith offers an intriguing blend of power, shiftiness and acceleration. He has excellent vision and often finds the right running lane to maximize his opportunities for the most yardage. The Hawkeyes boast a crowded depth chart at the position heading into 2014, but if Smith shows he can pick up the play book quickly and block, he could find himself in the equation as a true freshman.
Location: Cincinnati, OH
High School:Saint Xavier
Size: 5-10/185
National Position Ranking: 39
Stars (5-Star Scale): 3
Recruitment: The Hawkeyes pursued Hilliard early in the process and received his verbal commitment at the beginning of June. He visited Iowa City for the open spring practice and continued bonding with the Iowa program. He chose the Hawkeyes ahead of Indiana and Boston College.
Hawkeye Comp: Damon Bullock
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: Hilliard is a versatile back who threatens defenses whether he's taking the hand-off or catching the ball out of the backfield. He shows a nice burst through the hole and although not the biggest back, runs with toughness between the tackles. He has a knack for making people miss in the open field and nice speed once he reaches the second level.
Location: La Porte City, Iowa
High School:Union
Size: 6-1/170
National Position Ranking: 66
Stars (5-Star Scale): 3
Recruitment: Despite increasing attention from schools out of the state, Scheel ended his recruitment quickly with a verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes in January of 2013. He chose Iowa ahead of offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Hawkeye Comp: Ed Hinkel
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: It's difficult to fully grasp what Scheel brings to Iowa because he spent his last two seasons at Union playing quarterback and he'll likely be a receiver with the Hawkeyes. That said, I watched his final prep game in person, Seeing him scramble and slip defenders on designed runs offered a glimpse into what he could be split wide. He may have the most upside of anyone in this class.
Location: Dubuque, Iowa
High School:Senior
Size: 6-5/260
National Position Ranking: 42
Stars (5-Star Scale): 3
Recruitment: Iowa increased its pursuit of LeGrand last March and offered him when he visited that month. He verbally committed to the home-state school a few days later. Iowa State, Kansas State and Northwestern were showing him interest at the time but the Hawkeyes closed early.
Hawkeye Comp: Matt Tobin
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: LeGrand breaks any stereotypes about a plodding lineman. He is an accomplished AAU basketball player and also starts on the Senior hoops team. On the gridiron, he fires off the ball and finishes blocks well. He plays with an edge through the whistle.
Location: Indianola, Iowa
High School:Indianola
Size: 6-4/315
National Position Ranking: 40
Stars (5-Star Scale): 3
Recruitment: Render played things close to the vest and was more deliberate than the other in-state recruits. Iowa offered him a scholarship in June of 2012 and let him know early on that he was a Hawkeye priority. Iowa State also pushed hard for his services but he chose the Big Ten school after visiting this past June.
Hawkeye Comp: Ben Sobieski
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: Like LeGrand, Render starts for his high school basketball team. He has missed all of this season after breaking his foot in November. It doesn't change the fact that he's a nimble 300-pounder. In addition to his agility, Render plays very physical football. Once he gets on a defender, he stays on him. His power fits very nicely into the zone blocking scheme.
Location: Waukee, Iowa
High School:Waukee
Size: 6-4/275
National Position Ranking: NR
Stars (5-Star Scale): 2
Recruitment: Reynolds appeared on Iowa's board early in the process and the Hawkeyes moved on him late last month. FCS schools like Illinois State, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois had offered him scholarships.
Hawkeye Comp: Mike Elgin
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: Reynolds stood at the forefront of a dangerous Waukee offense and also excelled on its defensive line. Athletic enough to play left tackle in high school, Reynolds likely will move inside in college. Development into a right tackle is not out of the question, however. Iowa has experienced success scooping up in-state talent late in the process and Reynolds fits the mold as a player with nice upside.
Location: Allen, TX
High School:Lovejoy
Size: 5-9/190
National Position Ranking: NR
Stars (5-Star Scale): 3
Recruitment: LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas A&M all showed interest in Ellis but when Iowa offered him a scholarship it essentially ended his process. He chose Iowa in early July. Yale also had offered him an Ivy League version of a scholarship.
Hawkeye Comp: Kyle Schlicher
Game Film: WATCH
The Skinny: Iowa noticed and offered Ellis before he could camp at other schools and perhaps earn a scholarship. He possesses a powerful leg and shows excellent accuracy on deep field goal attempts in workouts. His 34 touch-backs as a junior indicates that he's a prime candidate to kick off. The kicking job is open with the graduation of Mike Meyer and Ellis will compete with walk-on Marshall Koehn to fill it.

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