IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa impressed its fans with a 45-29 win against Indiana Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes also showed off for a group of recruits in attendance for the Homecoming contest.
The big man on campus was Ohio State verbal commitment Justin Hillard, whose brother, C.J. Hilliard, is a true freshman running back with the Hawkeyes. The younger Hilliard was the only official visitor for football this weekend.
Iowa verbal Nate Vejvoda, a tight end from Providence Catholic in New Lenox (IL), unofficially visited. When Hawkeye position coach D.J. Hernandez saw him, he sprinted to him and they performed a leaping chest bump.
Djimon Colbert, a sophomore defensive back from Kansas City, saw Iowa City for the first time after picking up a Hawkeye offer earlier this fall. His Winnetonka high school produced current Iowa linebacker Aaron Mends and also boasts a key target in the 2015 Class, Marquis Doherty.
Sonny Abramson, a junior quarterback from New Jersey, also made his way across the country to Kinnick Stadium. He's been offered by Iowa.
"It was a great visit," Abramson wrote in a text.
Big 2017 defensive tackle Juan Harris (6-3, 350) checked out Iowa. The nephew of former NFL lineman Tommie Harris enrolled at North Fayette (IA) High this fall after transferring from Niles (IL) Notre Dame. The Hawkeyes have shown him significant interest but have not yet offered a scholarship.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Athlete Nick Wilson stopped at Iowa. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior safety/linebacker has picked up a scholarship offer from Western Illinois and has received quite a bit of interest from get Hawkeyes, Iowa State, UNI, North Dakota State and Illinois State.
Bryce Kemp, a tight end, took his third trip to Kinnick this fall. The Eastern Michigan verbal from Baxter (IA) hasn't been offered by Iowa but clearly has its interest. Reese Morgan visited his school last week.
Rocky Lombardi spoke with recruiting coordinator Seth Wallace and Scott Southmayd, the director of player personnel, on the field before the game. The Class of 2017 quarterback from West Des Moines Valley has thrown for 1,217 yards and 13 touchdowns against four interceptions for the 6-1 Tigers this fall.
We'll be tracking down these players in the coming days and weeks to find out how their visits went and what they're hearing from the Hawkeyes. Here's a list prospects we also saw at the Indiana game followed by a photo gallery:
Bryan Ditchman, OL-DL, Lincoln Way Central, New Lenox, IL; Jayden Johnson, QB, North Cedar, Stanwood, IA; Connor Frerichs, LB, New Hampton, IA; Colton Rastetter, LB, Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg, IA; Jacob Giese, OL, West Branch, IA; Dustin Brown, DL, West Lyon, Inwood, IA; Colin Snyder, DB, West Lyon; Gray Gochenour, LB, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, iA; Dylan Huyser, LB, West Lyon; Brady Donovan, WR-DB, Pekin High, Packwood, IA; Erik Nelson, OL, Waukee, IA; Ian Slagle, OL, South Tama County, Tama, IA; Tyler Schmidt, TE, Cedar Falls, IA; Landen Akers, WR, Washington High, Cedar Rapids, IA; Deion Mikesell, LB, Southeast Polk High, Runnells, IA; Trey Kuhens, FB, North Fayette High, West Union, IA; Ryan Parmely, FB-LB, Maquoketa Valley High, Delhi, IA; Nathan Anderson, OL, New Hampton, IA; Tanner Knowlton, DB, New Hampton, IA; Ben Rebik, LB, Marshalltown, IA; Carter Johnson, WR, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, IA; Isaiah Kramme, S-QB, Ankeny Centennial, IA; T.J. Johnson, OL, Western Dubuque High, Epworth, IA; Nick Lenners, TE, Southwest High, Lincoln, NE.