Iowa Recruiting Trend Meter 1.0

Check out how the Iowa Hawkeyes recruits and commits are trending leading up to National Signing Day.

Following recruiting is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride, especially in January. For experts, handicapping recruitments is a pretty dubious endeavor. Recruiting is incredibly volatile, obviously, since it’s based on the whims of teenagers that have an enormous amount of pressure on them from many different adults.

Predicting where a recruit is going to go is far too unpredictable. Fans, though, always want to know the latest buzz on each recruit so we thought the best thing to do is put together essentially a latest trend meter, kind of a stock report on whether Iowa's chances with the recruit are going up, down or sideways. We’ve talked to various Scout experts around the country and this is the latest trend for each prospect still remaining on Iowa’s 2016 board including commits that are still being pursued by others. The beauty of this is that as the trend changes we can change that little arrow as we approach National Signing Day February 3rd. Keep checking back here as we’ll constantly be updating the trend meter.


Iowa commit Nate Stanley has been the Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback commit for a long time. There's no reason to believe that will change. Wisconsin is still aggressively trying to flip his commitment but all signs point to that attempt falling short. The Wisconsin native wasn't recruited very much by the Badgers when Gary Andersen was head coach while Iowa offered him early and stayed on him continuously. Those efforts have solidified their standing with the future signal caller in Iowa City. It's all optimism right now for Iowa in regards to Stanley.

Announcement Date: N/A


Iowa commit Noah Fant is currently on campus for his official visit. That's good news for the Hawkeyes considering he's been listening and visiting with the Minnesota staff quite a bit in the past week. The Gophers are attempting to convince him to take an official visit to Minneapolis the weekend of January 29 and it's possible. If he takes that visit to the Big Ten rival, it likely will not work out between Fant and the Hawkeyes.

Announcement Date: N/A


Hawkeye verbal pledge Toks Akinribade is currently on the Iowa campus for his official visit. This will most assuredly be the first and last time he is on the trend meter. He scheduled an official visit with Indiana at one point but canceled it, replacing it with his trip to Iowa City. He's now as solid as they come and will sign on the dotted line for Iowa on February 3.

Announcement Date: N/A


Cedrick Lattimore is another commit that will likely not have to be placed on the trend meter any longer. The word is that Michigan State pushed hard for a visit from the four-star defensive lineman last week but came up empty. He's in Iowa City this weekend and is expected to stick with the Hawkeyes.

Announcement Date: N/A


Shaun Beyer was originally committed to play tight end at North Dakota State. Iowa began showing interest in him late in the cycle. Beyer took a visit to Iowa City where the die-hard Hawkeyes fan as offered. It didn't take him long to make his choice as he committed to Kirk Ferentz and the staff on the spot. New Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is pursuing Beyer hard in hopes of a flip but there's no room for concern here. Hawkeye.

Announcement Date: N/A


Had Matt Farniok, the top target left on the board for Iowa, not taken an official visit to the Hawkeyes this weekend, the arrow would certainly be pointed down. Nebraska has been in control here for a considerable amount of time, with the offensive tackle from South Dakota taking numerous visits to Lincoln. But there has to be a reason why he's waited it out and not made a decision, right? Hawkeyes are receiving their chance to impress the U.S. Army All-American this weekend.

Announcement Date: Unknown


Alaric Jackson is another uncommitted target at offensive tackle that Iowa would usually not be in contention for. After a long time of uncertainty, Jackson now is being pursued heavily by Michigan State, the nearby school for the Detroit native. Iowa and Nebraska have been in charge for the three-star offensive tackle but the Spartans are now a player. Mark Dantonio and company are recruiting Jackson at defensive end, a decision that was likely motivated by their unsuccessful attempt to flip Hawkeyes commit Cedrick Lattimore. Jackson is on Iowa's campus now for his official visit. Any plans after that are in limbo now with MSU entering back into the picture.

Announcement Date: Unknown


Noah Clayberg of Pella, Iowa is an in-state defensive back that is the teammate of Hawkeyes commit Austin Schulte. Earlier in the week, Kirk Ferentz extended a gray-shirt offer that leaves him with a difficult decision to make. He wouldn't be around the team until January of 2017 and would miss a year of football but he'd get the opportunity to play at the FBS level. Clayberg is also considering an FCS full-ride scholarship from South Dakota. He's in Iowa City right now for his official. The allure of playing for the Hawkeyes should be too much to pass up.

Announcement Date: Signing Day


Sam Brodner is a former Vanderbilt running back commit that is considering Illinois and Wisconsin, along with the Hawkeyes. Iowa extended him an offer as well earlier this week. He's in Madison this weekend for his official visit with the Badgers. Brodner plans to use next weekend for an official visit as well, to either Illinois or Iowa. Sources close to the situation believe the Hawkeyes will win out for the opportunity to host him the weekend of January 29. However, it is not known how much space will be available in the class for Brodner with Iowa zeroing in on their offensive tackle targets. The running back from Illinois could just be a contingency plan.


Announcement Date: Unknown


UCLA was right there for Evan Foster, a safety from West Bloomfield, Michigan, is likely just another contingency plan at this point but Iowa has ramped up their interest in the defensive back. Syracuse and Purdue are currently vying for his services but an offer from the Hawkeyes would most assuredly shake his process up. An offer and pursuit of Foster is expected to be largely dependent on their success with others ahead of him on the board.

Announcement Date: Unknown



Hawkeye Insider Top Stories