Ask D: Iowa Mailbag February 8

Derek answers questions in the Iowa Hawkeyes' mailbag.

DO YOU FEEL THAT IF THE PRESUMED RE-EMERGENCE OF MICHIGAN UNDER JIM HARBAUGH ACTUALLY MATERIALIZES, THAT MARK DANTONIO MIGHT LOOK ELSEWHERE OR DO YOU SEE HIM STAYING AND GOING TOE-TO-TOE WITH MICHIGAN? I JUST SEE MICHIGAN STATE FALLING BACK TO SECOND FIDDLE AND THEM REACHING THE HEIGHTS THEY HAVE WILL FALTER. PERSONALLY, I THINK DANTONIO WOULD FIT IN THE SEC.

I think Dantonio is a lifer at Michigan State. Despite the recruiting prowess of Ohio State, and despite Harbaugh landing a great class at Michigan, this was Michigan State's best class under Dantonio. I also think he's an excellent coach in-game by just looking at what he's done against the Buckeyes the last few years (2 wins). OSU and Michigan recruit more nationally while the Spartans reeled in a lot of excellent local talent in the midwest. I think MSU is here to stay and so is Dantonio.

DOES IOWA HAVE A BETTER CHANCE AT GETTING MALIK WILLIAMS OR GETTING JEREMIAH TILMON?

Tough question. I think they have a good shot at both. Both hold Iowa in high acclaim but just going off sheer competition, the chances at Malik Williams are better. Fewer schools are involved for Williams while more national programs are involved with Tilmon.

WHAT HIGHLY TOUTED PLAYERS IS IOWA AFTER IN 2017 BESIDES ENO BENJAMIN AND DJIMON COLBERT?

I believe they're in the discussion for wide receivers Isaiah Robertson and Jaevon McQuitty, defensive tackle Damion Daniels, linebackers Thomas Johnston and Colin Anderson, and athlete Connor Heyward. They'll land offensive tackle Mark Kallenberger out of Bettendorf. If they offer offensive guard Kevin Jarvis out of the Chicago area, they could be a player. It'll also be interesting how well they stack up with other schools for defensive end Joshua Paschal and outside linebacker Ayinde Eley.

IT APPEARS IOWA STATE HAS 36 FOOTBALL RECRUITS COMING IN. DO YOU EXPECT A LARGE HOUSE CLEANING THIS SPRING AT IOWA STATE?

They brought in 29 commits, not 36. Like at any school with a new coaching staff comes in, the most attrition tends to occur during the first year. Players leave for a new beginning because the staff that recruited them is gone. Players leave because the new scheme doesn't fit them. Players leave because they don't gel very well with the new staff. And then the normal attrition of players leaving because of their own personal situations and the couple medical hardships. I think there will be more than usual but that is typical in the first year of a new coaching staff.

HEY DEREK, WHAT CHANCE DO YOU BELIEVE WE HAVE TO GET DEFENSIVE TACKLE DAMION DANIELS IN 2017? NOW THAT WOULD REALLY PUMP ME UP! ANOTHER TITLE AND A GREAT RECRUITING CLASS AND WE ARE NOW THE LEGITIMATE TEAM IN THE WEST. 2018 NEEDS TO BE THE YEAR WE GO ALL OUT ON RECRUITING AND LAND OFFENSIVE STUDS.

We'll have to see how the remainder of his recruiting process materializes. I don't think he's in a hurry to finish this off but if he was, Iowa would certainly have an opportunity to land him. It'll be about if they can fend off the other offers that come his way.

HOW DOES IOWA STATE SNAG A FOUR-STAR WIDE RECEIVER AND FOUR-STAR OFFENSIVE TACKLE WHEN WE WERE NOT ABLE TO?

I've explained this ad nauseum but Iowa didn't have the space in the class to chase several four-star level prospects late after the recruiting surge the season brought. They were already at 23 or 24 pledges. They were in on who they were in on at that point. They already had established their class and their remaining two or three targets. They'll receive a jolt in 2017 from the success of the season. Iowa did snag a four-star quarterbak and four-star defensive tackle. 

In 2017 Iowa has already snagged a four-star offensive tackle and a five-star defensive end. They are in on a handful of other four-star prospects as well.

Iowa State was able to because they had to recruit with their butts on fire because it wasn't near a full class and little time to go. They were able to reel in guys who got that late ratings bump after great senior seasons, prospects that were undecided or decommitted elsewhere, and every team gets a bit of a recruiting boost when a new staff comes in and lays out a promising future and plan and success.


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