Tuesday Hawkeye Hits 8/18

Hawkeye Hits gives you the Iowa Hawkeyes football, basketball, and recruiting inside information.

Hawkeye Hits will run each Tuesday and Friday morning on Hawkeye Insider before 8 a.m. CT and is a story meant for only premium members. It is pertinent and noteworthy information about the Iowa Hawkeyes gathered by our insiders over the last handful of days.

Hawkeye Hits will bring you the inside information you desire on the Hawkeye football team, the Hawkeye basketball team, any other sports, as well as recruiting information.

The Tuesday August 18 edition begins NOW.

FOOTBALL

*Yesterday morning marked the 13th practice of fall camp for the Hawkeye football squad. They were joined this time by offensive guard Jordan Walsh who had been dealing with a "soft tissue issue" as explained by Kirk Ferentz. He returned to practice yesterday, a welcome sign for a unit that has been struggling. Safety Jordan Lomax should be back soon, if he isn't already.

*It's going to be a longer wait for defensive tackle Darian Cooper to return. Some whispers around the program suggest that he could miss at least a decent portion of the season.

*Spoke with a source yesterday that truly believes the breakthrough player on the offensive side of the ball this year will be running back LeShun Daniels, Jr. He dealt with injuries his first two years with the program so they're being cautious this Fall, limiting his reps to keep him healthy. He's expected to be the back that gets the most carries. The source said that Daniels has been doing very well performance and health-wise, and believes everyone will be surprised when the season starts.

*The linebacker combination has yet to be officially set, but Bo Bower, Josey Jewell, and Ben Niemann seems like the trio that has been the most effective this preseason. Bower has been one of the guys having a terrific camp, which comes as no surprise.

*Freshmen that I wouldn't expect to redshirt, meaning they'll at least see some time on special teams this upcoming year would be Jerminic Smith, Jack Hockaday, Angelo Garbutt, and James Daniels. Other possibilities would be tight ends Nathan Vejvoda and Nate Wieting, receiver Emmanuel Ogwo, and defensive back Michael Ojemudia.

*George Kittle looks slated to be the starting tight end over Henry Krieger Coble at this point.

FOOTBALL RECRUITING

*Omaha (Neb.) South athlete target Noah Fant will make his college decision on August 28 between the Hawkeyes, Nebraska, UCLA, Cal, and Vanderbilt. Friday's edition of Hawkeye Hits should have a better beat on where Fant is headed, but his insistence on education being important and medical school being the goal would seem to help Iowa's chances.

*With the 2016 class already at 22 commits, it's almost time to close the book and start putting eyes on the 2017 group. The Hawkeyes could add a couple more commits here and there in 2016, but they have began to build in 2017 with commitments from defensive tackle Juan Harris and defensive end Coy Kirkpatrick.

*The Iowa staff would obviously love to have A.J. Epenesa join the defensive line group of Juan Harris and Coy Kirkpatrick in the 2017 class. As many already know, his father was a famous Hawkeye football player. A.J. also has a sister that plays volleyball at Purdue. So even though they've entertained the idea of going out west by attending some of the All-Poly camps, A.J. staying in the midwest seems likely. The Hawkeyes will be in the mix because of their connections and Eppy Epenesa's love for the program. It won't be a slam dunk and it won't be easy though.

BASKETBALL RECRUITING

*Iowa is still in the hunt for a 2016 point guard. They're trying to make a push for Xavier Simpson. Iowa State has already had him on campus, and he's mulling other visits to Iowa, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Indiana.

*Simpson's recruitment will most assuredly have an impact on another point guard target in Charlie Moore. Both Simpson and Moore are heavily considering Illinois, Iowa, and Pittsburgh. Illinois landing Te'Jon Lucas could also be benefit for Fran McCaffery and company. The Hawkeyes should be able to come out of this scrum with a point guard they like.




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