The Iowa Hawkeyes have a big showdown under the lights in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, and they got a nice crop of visitors that will also be in attendance. Night games always bring out the top recruits, and it will be no different when Pittsburgh arrives in Iowa City.
Most of the commits will be in town, in the 2016 and 2017 classes, but a handful of uncommitted prospects will be on hand as well.
The crucial visitor of the weekend is three-star safety K.J. Sails of Florida. It will be his official visit to Iowa, and he's also considering Iowa. With his offical visit to check out the Hawkeyes coming so early in the season, they will have to pull out all the stops to lure him in. They won't get him on campus again, in all likelihood, before he makes his college choice.
Another important visitor is of the basketball variety with four-star power forward Tyler Cook of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade Prep. Iowa is looking to fill one more spot in the class and they'd love to top the class off with a jewel like Cook. Florida is the competition for Iowa, though Missouri and Arkansas could sneak back in it. This visit is crunch time for the hoops staff.
The final headliner set to be on campus is 2017 defensive end A.J. Epenesa of Edwardsville, Illinois. Why is this 2017 prospect so important? He could end up being a five-star. He's the 17th best recruit in the country for his class already, and is the son of former Hawkeye, "Eppy" Epenesa. If Iowa wants to take the next step, these are the recruiting battles they have to win.
Other uncommitted visitors: (All in 2017 class)
Newton (Kan.) ATH Kade Remsberg
Marshall (Minn.) OT Blaise Andries
Richmond (Ill.) OT Dalton Wagner
Naperville (Ill.) WR Owen Piche
Allendale (Mich.) DE Nate Umlor
Waterloo (Iowa) QB Devon Moore