Iowa Football Recruiting Big Board Update

We're inside of a month until national signing day 2015. That means a lot of movement with recruits across the country and changes on our Hawkeye Insider Big Board. The latest version looks quite a bit different than the one we published just before the holidays.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A long recruiting process is heading towards a fast and furious end for the Class of 2015 and colleges across the country. Prospects are deciding their football futures while schools scramble to fill their rosters.

A month-long dead period ends this coming week. Coaches are allowed in-person contact with players from Thursday until signing day on Feb. 4.

The top two spots on our latest Iowa Football Recruiting Big Board hold steady. Chris Hart and Anree Saint-Amour occupied them on our last release from Dec. 22.

The No. 3 target in our last update, LB Adrienne Talon, drops off the board altogether. He had interest in the Hawkeyes after de-committing from Oregon State but they did not reciprocate it.

With Talan off the board, three new linebackers move onto it. It's an obvious position of need along with defensive line.

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 unless otherwise noted.

2015 Recruiting Big Board
1. Chris Hart
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High
Size: 6-3/225
Position: OLB/DE
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 won a state championship at the school that also produced Iowa quarterback, Jake Rudock. Hart officially visited Iowa in November 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 and Texas A&M could get an official visit from Hart. The Hawkeyes sent Chris White to see Hart during the last open period.

Rob's Favorite: North Carolina
2. Anree Saint-Amour
Location: Suwanee, GA
High School: North Gwinnett High
Size: 6-3, 245
Position: DE
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 in late November 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 on his upcoming official to Palo Alto. 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
Location: Omaha, NE
High School: Omaha Central High
Size: 6-8, 240
Position: DE
National Position Rank: 67
Scholarship Offers: Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon, Oklahoma and others.

The Skinny: The Hawkeyes jumped in with an offer late last month 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 him already setting official visits to Nebraska, Oregon and Oklahoma this month bot none to Iowa. He was quoted in an Oregon paper that he was 50-50 between the Huskers and the Ducks, whose defensive line is coached by former Hawkeye assistant Ron Aiken. Neal is the kind of elite athlete at D-End that Iowa desperately needs.

Rob's Favorite: Oregon
Location: Dallas, TX
High School: Bishop Dunne High
Size: 6-4, 275
Position: DT
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Baylor, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others.

The Skinny: Of the Top 4 on this board, Iowa might have the best shot with Daniels, who is scheduled to officially visit the school on Jan. 23. A lot of the credit for that goes to assistant LeVar Woods, who's built a strong relationship with the this impressive physical specimen. Daniels, who is playing his hand close to the vest, has officially visited Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, where his father played. Texas A&M and Missouri would like to land his fifth official. The Hawkeyes improved their chances with Daniels when they were the first ones to offer his cousin Jordon Robertson, a defensive end in the '16 class.

Rob's Favorite: Texas Tech
Location: Wausau, WI
High School: Wausau West High
Size: 6-2, 220
Position: MLB
National Position Rank: 49
Scholarship Offers: Air Force, Akron, Buffalo, Iowa and others.

The Skinny: After a courting period that lasted the previous few months, Iowa offered Whalen on Tuesday night. Whalen sparked more interest in his services with a productive senior year at Wausau West. He brings solid athleticism and good instincts to the linebacker position, one that Iowa must continue to build. The Hawkeyes sit in good shape here being his first Power 5 offer. Keep an eye on the home-state Badgers who are still showing him interest and could pop in with a late offer. He's scheduled his Iowa official visit for Jan. 23

Rob's Favorite: Iowa
Location: Lewisville, TX
High School: Hebron High
Size: 6-2, 205
Position: OLB
National Position Rank: 98
Scholarship Offers: Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State, SMU, Wake Forest and others.

The Skinny: Another recent offer from the Hawkeyes, Garbutt verbally committed to Oregon State in the summer. He's since reopened his recruitment with Gary Andersen now in Corvallis replacing Mike Riley, who is recruiting the talented linebacker to Nebraska. Garbutt is scheduled to officially visit Iowa on Jan. 23 and then do the same to Nebraska the following weekend. He's familiar with Riley and his assistants from building relationships with them while they were with the Beavers. That could be tough to top.

Rob's Favorite: Nebraska
Location: Farmington Hills, MI
High School: Harrison High
Size: 6-2, 190
Position: LB/S
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Eastern Michigan.

The Skinny: Ojemudia is an Eastern Michigan verbal commitment hoping to land a Big Ten offer late in the process. He's scheduled official visits to Indiana (Jan. 23) and Iowa (Jan. 30) and hopes to do the same with Minnesota. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes see Ojemudia as an outside linebacker. Minnesota likes him at safety, which speaks to his athleticism. He's behind some other guys Iowa has offered but he's one of the next in line.

Rob's Favorite: Indiana
Location: West Des Moines, IA
High School: Dowling Catholic High
Size: 6-2, 205
Position: OLB/S
National Position Rank: NR
Scholarship Offers: Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Western Illinois.

The Skinny: Wilson is in a similar to boat as Ojemudia. Both are being kept on the hook by the hope of an Iowa offer but need others ahead of them on the Hawkeye board to head elsewhere. Wilson, who verbally committed to Western Illinois last month, played free safety in high school but Iowa thinks he can grow into an outside linebacker. He possesses the frame to grow into that position. He's long and athletic.

Rob's Favorite: Western Illinois
Location: Lakeland, FL
High School: Lake Gibson Senior High
Size: 6-3, 223
Position: DE
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 late in the process. 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. He's not talked much public about his plans with could be a signal he's building a relationship with Riley and staff in private.

Rob's Favorite: Nebraska

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