Friday Hawkeye Hits 8/21/15

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Hawkeye Hits will run each Tuesday and Friday morning on Hawkeye Insider before 9 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 past handful of days.

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The Friday August 21 edition begins NOW. Grab your coffee and donuts!


*It's been mentioned on The Swarm before but look out for cornerback Desmond King. We mentioned LeShun Daniels as a possible breakout player on offense, and for defense it is King. Not only breaking out, but Desmond has the talent and drive to be an all-conference type player.

*On Tuesday we noted that Jordan Walsh had returned from injury. After speaking to someone close to Walsh, there is no long-term or lingering concerns. He's perfectly fine and ready to step in where he left off last year.

*Senior safety Jordan Lomax is another integral player for Iowa that has missed his share of time with an injury. Good news for Hawkeye fans as he's back to practice, solidifying the secondary even more.

*Everyone heard breaking news from Hawkeye Insider that cornerback Jalen Embry was leaving the football program. The school's release mentioned that he was in good academic standing but will be transferring to a junior college. Hawkeye Insider later confirmed with Embry that he will be attending Iowa Central Community College. A move to junior college is usually academically-driven, but in some cases it's a player looking for a new opportunity and new beginning, similar to Ohio State's Jayme Thompson who transferred to Iowa Western Community College a couple years ago, and is now committed to Indiana.

*More breaking news from Hawkeye Insider this week was the sight of walk-on offensive tackle Cole Croston taking first team repetitions at left tackle. The offensive tackle spot is a huge concern, and Boone Myers has been struggling. It is not known if this is a permanent move just yet, but it at least confirms that the staff doesn't feel supremely confident in the position just yet.

*Furthermore on Croston, there's obviously some scholarships available on the team for this year. Look for him to be a prime candidate to receive one before the season begins.


*Big-time Iowa target Noah Fant of Omaha (Neb.) South will make his college decision on August 28 between Cal, UCLA, Nebraska, and Iowa. At this point, I would be surprised to see Nebraska selected, and I would think that UCLA would be the likely choice from the Pac-12 programs involved. Iowa has a chance to snag this supreme talent from Omaha. He's had them at the top of his list longer than UCLA and Cal, and holds the edge on Nebraska in regards to his desire to enter medical school.


*The last edition talked about the recruiting dominoes at point guard in the midwest, leaving Iowa with a chance to reel in one of the talented ball-handlers such as Xavier Simpson or Charlie Moore. Simpson seems very drawn to Illinois and Indiana at this point, leaving Moore to be the top target at the position for the Hawkeyes. They're working very hard to get him on campus, so even though that is not scheduled currently, look for it to take place with how high an emphasis they're placing on the Chicago star.

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