Iowa is looking to finish their 2016 recruiting class with a bang and they certainly have the cache to do so. They just finished an undefeated regular season with a Big Ten Championship Game appearance followed by an invitation to the iconic Rose Bowl.
With 24 commits in the hopper, there isn't a ton of space left to fill but there will always be space for Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington offensive tackle Matt Farniok. Scout has learned that for a large portion of the recruiting process that the four-star lineman has been their top target on the recruiting board regardless of position. That is how significant it would be if they could lure him to Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes are no strangers to the Farniok clan. His oldest brother Tom played at Iowa State before some time with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. Another older sibling, Derek, plays in Norman for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. His younger brother Will Farniok is a 2018 offensive line prospect whose first offer came from Kirk Ferentz and Iowa.
Matt has taken many visits to Lincoln to see Nebraska, the perceived leader in his recruitment for a considerable amount of time. He was on hand to see the Huskers fall victim to Iowa the day after Thanksgiving and he was back in town for an official visit to Nebraska this past weekend.
Still, there's a lot of reason for optimism in this one for Iowa. The Hawkeyes have impressed the family throughout the process and have stayed in the thick of it. Schedules have made it tough for him to visit Iowa City because of the family's schedule. Older brother Derek plays for the Sooners so they're in Norman a lot, Will had his high school season, and Tom was still trying to find an NFL roster to make.
I feel confident in saying that the Farnioks will take a trip to Iowa City before a final college choice will be made. It is not known when that official visit will take place but we could all find out soon. Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz will be in South Dakota tonight for his in-home visit with Matt Farniok and his family.
"Yes, that's the plan," Matt's mother Christine confirmed to Scout. "I think it is only the offensive line coach today."
Brian Ferentz is certainly a charismatic coach and it is expected he will impress the family even more tonight. They'll also still have Kirk Ferentz's in-home visit remaining and an official visit while the Huskers' official visit has already been used. There's still much more to play out on this one and Iowa is squarely in the mix.