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 took his official visit to Iowa this past weekend and it went very well. You can read his reaction HERE. However, it was not enough to deter him from taking an official visit next weekend to Minnesota. It's a decision that his parents want him to take so that he knows where he wants to go to school beyond a shadow of a doubt. Iowa coaches aren't thrilled with the choice and may look to recruit as if his spot is open. The situation can be best described as fluid. The Minnesota coaches will be visiting with him today.
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? The Hawkeyes received their chance to impress the U.S. Army All-American this past weekend and delivered. Coaching stability is important to his mother and he set out to interact and get to know current Iowa players and recruits. Both of those aspects would seem to point in the Hawkeyes' direction. You can read Farniok and his mother's reaction to the visit HERE.
Announcement Date: This Week
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's official visit to Iowa went extremely well and he spent much of his time around the other Detroit commits as well as Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King. The trend meter remains even for Jackson because he is now visiting Iowa State and will likely still visit both Michigan State and Nebraska before a final decision is made.
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 left 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 was also considering an FCS full-ride scholarship from South Dakota. Following his official visit to Iowa, Clayberg committed to the Hawkeyes.
Announcement Date: Committed to Iowa on Sunday
Sam Brodner is a former Vanderbilt running back commit that was considering Illinois and Wisconsin, along with the Hawkeyes. Iowa extended him an offer as well last week. He was in Madison this past weekend for his official visit with the Badgers. Brodner was likely just a contingency plan for Iowa but he committed to Wisconsin following his official visit to Madison.
Announcement Date: Committed to Wisconsin on Sunday
Evan Foster, a safety from West Bloomfield, Michigan, was likely just another contingency plan at this point but Iowa had ramped up their interest in the defensive back. Syracuse and Purdue were vying for his services but an offer from the Hawkeyes would have most assuredly shook his process up. He now leaves the recruiting board at this time after he committed to Dino Babers and Syracuse on Saturday.
Announcement Date: Committed to Syracuse Saturday