Iowa landed their fourth commit of the 2017 class already when Solon (Iowa) tight end Jacob Coons announced his verbal pledge to the Hawkeyes on Saturday. Securing Coons' commitment continues Iowa's success in-state for the 2017 class. The top two players in the state in 2016 have gotten away from Iowa but they have remedied that so far in 2017. All four commitments are from Iowa with North Fayette's Juan Harris, Madrid's Coy Kirkpatrick, and Tristan Wirfs of Mount Vernon.
The rankings have yet to expand for the 2017 group but it is safe to say those four will likely be among the five best in the state.
Coons could be in the discussion for the best player overall in Iowa. The Hawkeyes are getting a sure-handed, athletic tight end, a position they have excelled at in the past and should continue to do so. They have three highly-touted tight ends committed in 2016 with Noah Fant of Omaha, and in-state seniors T.J. Hockenson and Shaun Beyer.
Expect a bit of a recruiting lull in the next month. The 'dead period' begins on Monday and ends on January 13. It is a time where direct contact between coaching staffs and recruit are not allowed and visits can not take place. Iowa will then look to complete their final in-home visits with their commits and close out the class with one or two more spots left to fill.
For now, the Iowa staff will celebrate their in-state recruiting success in 2017 and prepare for Stanford as they travel out west to compete in the Rose Bowl.