IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Big Board took a beating last week. Three of the Top Four players listed, including the No. 1 and No. 2 guys, picked other schools.
Williams, Bartlett and Crawford all officially visited Kinnick Stadium for Iowa games this fall. They played positions of need in this Hawkeye recruiting class.
The Iowa coaches move on to other prospects. They'll do so during a quiet period where they can't have in-person contact with recruits until Jan. 15.
So, with that in mind, let's go back to the drawing board for another edition of the HI Big Board:
Note: These players all have reportedly received Hawkeye offers.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High
National Position Rank: 46
Scholarship Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati,Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa , Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracsue, Wisconsin and others.
The Skinny: Hart fits the need at defensive end and he's athletic enough that a lot of schools are recruiting him at linebacker. Hart just won a state championship at the school that also produced Iowa's starting quarterback, Jake Rudock. Hart officially visited Iowa last month and came away impressed. He's also officially visited Michigan State, Utah and North Carolina, which is searching for a new defensive coordinator but still is pushing hard for Hart. Louisville appeared to be the favorite for Hart's fifth official, but Texas A&M has recently entered the picture and visited his school last week. The Hawkeyes sent Chris White to see Hart during the open period.
Rob's Favorite: North Carolina
High School: North Gwinnett High
Size: 6-3, 245
National Position Rank: 81
Scholarship Offers: California, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Stanford and others.
The Skinny: Saint-Amour slow-played his recruitment and ended up with an offer he really wanted last month when Stanford jumped in. He's officially visited Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota but they could be left out if he likes what he sees in Palo Alto next month. He's a physical player that fits very well in the Big Ten. And the Cardinal operates like a Big Ten team in the PAC-12 with better weather.
Rob's Favorite: Stanford
High School: Charles W. Flanagan High
Size: 6-1, 195
National Position Rank: 103
Scholarship Offers: Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Oregon State, South Florida, Temple, and others.
The Skinny: Iowa searches for another linebacker with its top choice, Bartlett, off the board. Talan has experienced an interesting recruitment, to say the least. He committed to Temple before flipping to Oregon State last month. Then, he de-committed from the Beavers after head coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska. Now, he's said to be a Nebraska lean but he wants to take more official visits. Iowa stopped to see him during October and offered. They like his athleticism as an outside linebacker. LeVar Woods reach out to him recently and he's on Iowa's board.
Rob's Favorite: Nebraska
High School: Omaha Central High
Size: 6-8, 240
National Position Rank: 67
Scholarship Offers: Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon, Oklahoma and others.
The Skinny: The Hawkeyes jumped in with an offer on Friday for the soft verbal to Nebraska. They've been recruiting Neal for a long time but saw an opening when the Huskers fired head coach Bo Pelini. Landing Neal remains a tall task for the Hawkeyes with Oregon and Oklahoma nudging him from his Nebraska pledge. Seems unlikely they would have offered this late in the game, however, unless the coaches felt like they had a chance to close the deal.
Rob's Favorite: Oregon
High School: Lake Gibson Senior High
Size: 6-3, 223
National Position Rank: 149
Scholarship Offers: Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia and others.
The Skinny: Like with Neal, the Hawkeyes arrived late to the party with Jones, offering within the last month. Also like Neal, he's verbally committed to Nebraska. Jones' Husker pledge seems more solid that Neal's but he's clearly looking around as well.
Rob's Favorite: Nebraska
High School: Rockwall High
Size: 6-2, 220
National Position Rank: 11
Scholarship Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Iowa, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and others.
The Skinny: Warren's place on the big board is less about his talent and more about Iowa's chances here. Talent wise, he'd top the list. He's an absolute beast with the ball in his hands. The competition is stiff for the son of the former three-time pro bowl running back of the same name. In August, he named Iowa, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech and Washington as his Top 6. He officially visited Texas this past weekend. Keep your fingers crossed. Warren is a program changing back tailor made for the Hawkeye offense.
Rob's Favorite: Texas
High School: Oak Park High
Size: 5-10, 175
National Position Rank: 41
Scholarship Offers: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Tennessee and others.
The Skinny: Kelly appears on the board for the first time after picking up an Iowa offer at the end of last month. The Hawkeyes boast strong connections with Kelly, particularly cornerback Desmond King, who also is a Detroit-area product. The Hawkeyes face the task of overcoming in-state schools Michigan and Michigan State. Minnesota and Tennessee also are well positioned.
Rob's Favorite: Michigan State
High School: Hales Franciscan High
Size: 6-2, 175
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Central Michigan, Iowa, Nevada, Northern Illinois and others.
The Skinny: Christian picked up his Iowa offer a week ago. The versatile, multi-sport athlete from the Windy City caught the staff's attention with a strong senior year and projects as a cornerback in the mold of Greg Mabin. Iowa is the only school wanting him to come in on defense. The other programs see him as a wide receiver. He prefers offense but is thinking over the opportunity to play defense at a Big Ten school. He tweeted Sunday night that he would be announcing his decision on Christmas Eve.
Rob's Favorite: Iowa
High School: Bishop Dunne High
Size: 6-4, 275
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Baylor, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others.
The Skinny: Like fellow Texan Warren, Daniels' place on this board results from Iowa's chances rather than his talent. He's a good one and would be a huge score for the Hawkeyes, literally and figuratively. It's been thought that his father's alma mater, Texas Tech, was the team to beat here but coaching changes and the uncertain futures of others in Lubbock may have opened the door for more programs. Baylor, Iowa and Missouri all have positioned themselves to make a move. Daniels gets along very well with Hawkeye assistant LeVar Woods, who recruits his area for the program.
Rob's Favorite: Texas Tech
High School: Destrehan High
Size: 6-1, 180
National Position Rank: 88
Scholarship Offers: Arizona State, Cal, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas Tech and others.
The Skinny: Iowa jumped in with the first Power 5 offer for Scott last February. There hasn't been much buzz about that relationship until this past weekend when the Louisiana safety tweeted about the Hawkeyes. It still seems like a long shot that he ends up in Iowa City, but that they're still on his radar is a positive. The well of options is beginning to run dry and safety is a position of need for Iowa.
Rob's Favorite: Georgia Tech