Iowa had 23 commits before yesterday morning when they were presented with a late Halloween gift. It wasn't candy but it was well received. The Hawkeyes picked up a verbal pledge from three-star cornerback K.J. Sails of Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay. Not only is Sails a terrific player and a constant riser up the rankings individually, he has propelled Kirk Ferentz and Iowa into the Top 25 in the Scout recruiting team rankings. Not only that, but the Hawkeyes are the highest rated Big Ten West program. They sit at fifth overall in the conference recruiting rankings, trailing Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State.
Sails would not be the considered the headliner of the class, though, which kind of illustrates how strong they are at the top. Cedrick Lattimore, a four-star defensive tackle out of Detroit (same high school as Desmond King), holds that distinction. He has a great motor to combine with his terrific size, listed at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds.
The Hawkeye class may continue to rise up the rankings. They have a handful of three-star prospects that have been said to be in the discussion for four-star status. That list includes running back Toren Young of Wisconsin, quarterback Nate Stanley of Wisconsin, cornerback Emmanuel Rugamba of the Chicago area, tight end Noah Fant from Omaha, and possibly even Sails when it is all said and done. Safely put, at least one of the three-star prospects mentioned will probably reach four-star status, and it could end up being multiple.
Not to be forgotten, Iowa likely has one spot in the class remaining and it's very probable that it is being reserved for an offensive tackle. The top target on the board is another four-star senior, Matt Farniok of South Dakota. He's the third son in the family to receive plenty of FBS scholarships, following his brothers Derek and Tom. Tom played for Iowa State and spent some time with the Minnesota Vikings while Derek plays for the Oklahoma Sooners. Matt won't be the last either as his younger brother Will, a 2018 offensive lineman, has offers already from Iowa and Nebraska.
Farniok has a top four of Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Florida State in no particular order but the chatter that I'm hearing is that it is a battle between the Hawkeyes and Huskers. Nebraska probably holds the edge now but official visits should dictate the direction of this one. Be on the look out, as he may be in Iowa City for the night game when Minnesota comes to town. I do not expect his recruiting process to last until Signing Day.
They've only had one commit since the beginning of the season but the success on the field should translate to a little more recruiting success, but as it has showed, this recruiting class was headed in the right direction even before the 8-0 start.