Over the weekend Iowa secured their fourth commitment in the 2017 class when Solon (Iowa) athlete Jacob Coons used twitter to announce his pledge to the Hawkeyes. Coons had been to Iowa City for numerous visits so his decision to choose Iowa over Iowa State did not come as a surprise. He had been leaning towards the Hawkeyes for quite a while. Their momentum on the recruiting trail is clearly obvious following the undefeated regular season. They also nabbed four-star prospect and 2017 Scout 300 member Tristan Wirfs within the last few weeks.
The next question will be what Coons will bring to Iowa City in terms of his talents. He has the ability and potential to have an impact as a defensive end, linebacker, or tight end.
ANALYSIS AND BREAKDOWN
Coons clearly looks the part physically with a 6-foot-4, 230 pound frame. That's what lends to the differing ideas of him becoming a tight end, linebacker, or defensive end at the next level. His size suggests that he has the body type and skill set to do any of the three.
As a tight end, Coons is more like George Kittle. He has a long, slender frame. Just like Kittle, Coons makes plays on the ball in the air well. He high-points the football regularly, has consistent hands, and is more than a willing and capable blocker. All of those could also describe current tight end George Kittle.
He does have nice size for a linebacker but his lateral quickness is not known. He's a physical player that has a penchant for contact. However, Coons' size is not reminiscent of any current Hawkeye linebackers. His 230 pound frame would be more than Aaron Mends, Jack Hockaday, Bo Bower, Ben Niemann, and Josey Jewell if he tacks on just a bit more natural weight.
Coons' size would only compare to Cole Fisher who certainly had a strong season for Iowa. But again, his physical make-up right now is more reflective of the current Iowa tight ends, not the linebackers.
As a tight end, he's a long, slender type that can add a little more weight and is a natural pass-catcher and a very eager blocker. All those are what the Hawkeyes typically look for in a tight end. He'd just need to refine his technique as a route runner as he rounds off his routes a bit. Running sharper routes and having a year or two in the weight room would benefit him greatly.