With 24 commits in the fold already for the Hawkeyes, Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa coaching staff are spending a lot of energy into hanging onto the verbal pledges that they do have. However, there is a spot or two to get filled before National Signing Day in February.
Everyone knows that the top target remaining is offensive tackle Matt Farniok of South Dakota. He's been a top target for a long, long time. Some alternative options to him are certainly Detroit area offensive tackle Alaric Jackson and Indianapolis area defensive tackle Jovan Swann. An offensive tackle is definitely a big-time want for the Hawkeyes moving forward. Swann is most likely still being recruited in case Cedrick Lattimore would depart the class. I do not envision Lattimore and Iowa parting ways but it is something to keep in mind with Michigan State recently offering.
Iowa has been doing a great amount of duediligence. Not only is there a few options on the table at a few positions of need but they are also still in contact with a handful of other prospects should a few more spots open up.
One of those recruits is senior wideout Christian Jegen of Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. The Kansas City area standout is one of the more underrated athletes in the region and a sleeper that should probably have a few offers for sure. He's a smooth, crisp route-runner with sure hands. He would fit what Iowa likes to do offensively without a doubt. He also possesses great size at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds.
One of the questions may be pure speed but his technique does allow him to create separation with ease at the high school level. He'll need to continue to perfect that to be able to do so when he makes his way into the college ranks.
At the moment, Jegen does hold an offer from North Dakota State, much like current Hawkeyes commit Shaun Beyer before he was extended an offer. Scout has confirmed that Jegen has scheduled an official visit to Iowa planned for the last weekend in January. No offer has been thrown his way but this is a recruitment worth paying attention to as Iowa has been in contact with him for a considerable amount of time.