IOWA CITY, Iowa - Less than three weeks remain before signing day for members of the current recruiting class. Sunday, Iowa takes a big step forward with prospects in future cycles.
The Hawkeyes will host their Elite Junior Day with athletes from 2016 and beyond attending the event. It's a key time for building relationships and selling the Iowa brand during a recruiting process that speeds up annually.
Expected visitor Nate Stanley, a quarterback from Wisconsin, already is verbally committed to the Hawkeyes. Other juniors from around the country will be making their choices in the next few months recent history indicates.
Six members of Iowa's 2015 Class committed before the end of March last year. Most of the pledges in the last two cycles have been in the fold before starting their senior seasons.
The vast majority of prospects expected on campus this weekend have yet to receive an Iowa scholarship offer. Some likely will leave the school with Hawkeye opportunities in hand.
Harris verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in December only to rescind his pledge a month later. He transferred into North Fayette High (West Union, IA) this school year.
Akinribade picked up an Iowa offer within the last week. The running back from Brownsburg, IN also has reported offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and several MAC schools.
Colbert comes back to Iowa City after stopping for a game this past fall. The four-star sophomore cornerback from Kansas City reports interest from Florida State, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska but the Hawkeyes are his lone offer to date.
All tolled, more than 60 players are expected to be in Iowa City for this event on Sunday. To view the entire list, please click HERE.