Iowa lost a commit a little over a week ago when Tampa (Fla.) defensive back K.J. Sails and the Hawkeyes parted ways, bumping the total of verbal pledges to 23. They've found another number 24 now as Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy senior Shaun Beyer received an offer from Iowa today on his visit and gave Kirk Ferentz and company his commitment soon after.
The Hawkeyes already have two tight ends committed in Omaha South senior Noah Fant and in-state senior T.J. Hockenson. Beyer is a versatile prospect that has a lot of success on oth sides of the ball. The 24th Iowa commitment could very well be used as a defensive end in Iowa City. However, with he and Fant both in the class, there's a lot of versatility and either one could play tight end or the defensive line as an edge rusher.
That is very characteristic of recent Iowa classes. They secure a lot of commitments from a variety of prospects who have a ton of position versatility. They take the best football players they can, period, and find a role for them once they arrive on campus. That is no different with this class and especially rings true with their newest verbal.
With 24 commits now in the hopper, Iowa most likely only has a spot for one more. While they were looking to make a move at defensive back and offensive tackle, it will be interesting to see what position they attempt to address as they fill the last spot. Offensive tackle has been a major priority over the past few months, and they'll still pursue Detroit's Alaric Jackson and Matt Farniok of South Dakota.
Beyer announced his verbal pledge to Iowa via his twitter account.
"Extremely blessed to receive an offer and to commit to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Truly a dream come true!"
Iowa has now beat out the Huskers for Nebraska prep Noah Fant and in-state senior Shaun Beyer. It just adds to this Friday's contest against Mike Riley's group and it also shows the power of a successful season and the pull that Iowa has for prospects within their own borders.