Iowa in Illinois

Iowa has extended several new offers in the state of Illinois -- more inside on Scout.

Three new Iowa offers have gone out in the length of a week in the Chicago area -- to Crystal Lake Central junior defensive lineman Romeo McKnight, Naperville Central junior wide receiver/cornerback Emmanuel Rugamba, and sophomore Neuqua Valley wide receiver Isaiah Robertson.

McKnight is fairly new to the recruiting process, and as you see with many kids that turn into highly recruited prospects -- Iowa was the first Power-Five conference offer. This was a wise move by the Hawkeye staff, because 6-4, 225-pound McKnight is quite an athlete. A bit of background, he's a state champion in the 3A 220-pound wrestling division. So he's got the size and quickness to make a big difference at defensive line. I first saw McKnight at the Opening regionals in Chicago -- and with one glance made my way over to find out where he went to school and who he was. My hunch proved correct, and you can check out what we saw that earned him the Iowa offer in the video below.

The most recent prospect from Illinois that added an offer from Iowa was Rugamba, a dynamic athlete who stands 6-0, 170-pounds and has a long frame.

Rugamba has slid underneath the radar a little bit after picking up a slew of offers to begin the process with, including Illinois, Indiana, Ball State and others. Iowa offered Rugamba as a cornerback, even though he primarily plays wide receiver for his high school team. Rugamba plays in the largest classification of football in the state of Illinois -- 8A ball. His team won the championship when he was a sophomore and he faces strong competition to make it happen again this year.

The third prospect to add an offer from the Hawkeyes in the last week is sophomore wide receiver Robertson.

Robertson has an offer from Illinois and is a prospect who should grab a lot of attention in the next couple month. He's exactly what you look for in a receiver, explosive 6-3, nearly 200-pounds. He plays smart and is a good 2017 kid to get on Iowa's radar.

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