'16 Football Big Board

Hawkeye Insider Publisher Rob Howe offers Iowa fans a Recruiting Big Board listing 10 prospects the program would like to land in the 2016 recruiting class.

Much to the displeasure of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, the recruiting clock ticks faster every year. The days of the Hawkeyes combing high schools for breakout seniors is giving way to evaluating prep freshmen and sophomores.

Major programs across the country are offering scholarships to ninth graders, projecting they'll development into Division I athletes.

"The acceleration on the front end continues to go up. I'm not sure I enjoy that, but it's the way of the world," Ferentz said in February. "The reason I don't enjoy it so much is there is probably not enough structure on that part of it, and it causes people to project a little more and projections can be dangerous. The better information you have, the better you can make a decision. So you've got to find that balance. It's not a tough deal. As I say, Tony Moeaki, my sister can figure out he's a good prospect. Let's offer him. But some of the others are a little trickier and that's a little tougher."

Freshman D'Andre Swift, a running back from Philadelphia, tweeted earlier this month that Iowa offered him a scholarship. The Hawkeyes have offered scholarships to 15 members of the 2016 Class, according to Scout.com.

Iowa has no choice but to keep up with the competition. It can continue to find the diamonds in the rough later in their careers, but many of the high-end prospects start collecting offers before they become upperclassmen.

With that in mind, we bring you our Class of 2016 Big Board for Iowa football recruiting. Please keep in mind that the recruitment of these athletes, who can't sign letter of intent until February of '16, is very fluid.

Notes: These players all have reportedly received Hawkeye offers and are uncommitted. Several factors are utilized to compile the list, including, but not limited to probability of landing prospect, and timeline of recruit and Hawkeyes. Offers are handed out and withdrawn through the process. This board is meant to serve as a guide and not as absolute.

2016 Recruiting Big Board
Location:Woodbury, MN
High School: East Ridge
Size: 6-3/200
Position: QB
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Wisconsin.

The Skinny: Yes, Iowa is crowded at quarterback with potentially three players in the 2015 class getting their first looks at the position. The Hawkeyes also signed one signal caller in the '13 and '14 cycles. Still, it's the most important spot on the field and perhaps none of the guys already on campus or committed end up developing into the guy. I saw Green live last fall and his skill set fits into what Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis seeks. He extends plays with his legs and can spin the ball when it's time. His impressive offer list will grow. Luckily the Hawkeyes were in with theirs last summer. Green attended a junior day in Iowa City this winter.

Rob's Favorite: Minnesota
Location:Sicklerville, NJ
High School: Timber Creek
Size: 6-3/200
Position: WR
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, Wisconsin.

The Skinny: Iowa has addressed the receiver position in its last few classes but it's one that it needs to continue building. Chambers already looks the part with two years of high school remaining. He's provided production (57 catches, 1,196 yards, 12 touchdowns in '13) already for one of the top programs in New Jersey. The Hawkeyes landed Quinton Alston from Timber Creek and have recruited the school hard for a number of years, including receiving a visit from '14 WR Adonis Jennings. Competition for Chambers' services is stiff and figures to get stiffer.

Rob's Favorite: Pittsburgh
Location:Washington, DC
High School: Archbishop Carroll
Size: 6-6/270
Position: OT
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Clemson, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan. Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia.

Skinny: Having come up short with some offensive line prospects in the last few cycles, Iowa is looking to address a need there in '15 and '16. The Hawkeyes have gotten off to a good start in that regard in '15 and Williams would be a key addition in '16. The DC product is very athletic for a big guy and could rise up the charts if his ability converts into production. Iowa continues to build its name in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area of the country. That reputation figures to be tested in the pursuit of the highly-regarded Williams.

Rob's Favorite: Florida

Location:West Des Moines, IA
High School: Valley
Size: 6-4/260
Position: OG
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers:Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin. The Skinny: The consensus No. 1 player in the state for '16 reports the scholarship offers to support that rating. At a position of need with an athlete in your backyard, Raridon is a key target in this cycle. He's visited Iowa City on multiple occasions and provided feedback that the Hawkeyes are high on his list. Raridon's father played at Nebraska and he's had older brothers earn scholarships to Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Raridon projects as an athletic interior offensive lineman but he exhibits the kind of edge and nastiness that could make him a productive defensive tackle.

Rob's Favorite: Iowa
Location:Darien, IL
High School: Hinsdale South
Size: 6-6/245
Position: DE
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin. The Skinny: Like wide receiver and offensive tackle, defensive end is a hot spot for the Hawkeyes. Reese Morgan has done a nice job beefing up the position but work remains. King is sure to be one of the top players at his position and he preps less than three hours away from Iowa City. His recruitment reminds me of Jashon Cornell's and the Hawkeyes will face very strong competition here.

Rob's Favorite: Ohio State
Location:Washington, DC
High School: St. John's College
Size: 6-6/235
Position: TE
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Tennessee. The Skinny: Iowa's deep stable of tight ends it boasted the last few seasons is thinning out. The Hawkeyes signed two at the position in '13 in Jon Wisnieski and Ike Boettger (now a left tackle), and none there in '14. It will need to be addressed in the next two cycles. Brooks will be one of the top players at the position in '16. He plays at the same high school as '14 Hawkeye signee Omar Truitt.

Rob's Favorite: Tennessee
Location:Lawrenceville, GA
High School: Archer
Size: 6-3/209
Position: WR
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi, Vanderbilt. The Skinny: We won't bore you with the details that wide receiver is a position of need. You've heard it before. Davis' recruitment continues to rise. Fortunately, Iowa jumped in early with an offer. He holds a couple of SEC offers in Ole Miss and Vandy. If more programs from that conference come calling, it could be a tough sell to get him north. Until then, Iowa needs to build a relationship with the talented pass catcher.

Rob's Favorite: Miami
Location:Sioux Falls, SD
High School: Washington
Size: 6-5/280
Position: OT
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington. The Skinny: If the name sounds familiar, it should. He has brothers at Oklahoma (Derek Farniok) and Iowa State (Tom Farniok). Matt has turned heads wherever he has camped and his recruitment is going nowhere but up. Iowa has done well with offensive lineman and in prospecting South Dakota. Farniok would be a big catch, literally and figuratively.

Rob's Favorite: Nebraska
Location: Washington, DC
High School: Gonzaga College
Size: 6-2, 220
Position: OLB
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Iowa.

The Skinny: The younger brother of '14 Iowa signee Miles Taylor, Kyle likely will be even more highly recruited than his older sibling. The Hawkeyes were the first to offer Kyle a scholarship but schools like Maryland, Penn State and Wisconsin are interested. This one will be interesting to watch.

Rob's Favorite: Iowa
10. Devin Bush Jr.
Location:Pembroke Pines, FL
High School: Flanagan
Size: 6-0/210
Position: OLB
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Iowa, Louisville, Marshall, Oregon State, Temple, Central Florida, UCLA.

The Skinny: The son of former Florida State standout, Devin Bush Sr., who is the head coach at Flanagan, Devin Bush Jr.'s Hawkeye offer shows that rumors of Iowa not recruiting Florida anymore are greatly exaggerated. The young Bush has a chance to be special. LeVar Woods is recruiting him for Iowa. He played in the NFL at the same time as Bush Sr.

Rob's Favorite: Georgia

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