Derek Young of Hawkeye Insider takes the first look at the Iowa recruiting efforts for the 2017 class and gauges the temperature of some notable recruitments that will be of interest to Iowa fans.
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IN THE FOLD
Kallenberger is starting to build up quite an impressive offer sheet. Iowa is one of the schools that has offered the offensive tackle from Bettendorf. He may want to see what all kinds of offers he can compile which is likely the reason he has not committed to the Hawkeyes yet. When you commit, the offers tend to slow down. Once that has passed, and it could be soon, Kallenberger will be a Hawkeye.
Colbert is a coveted recruit from the Kansas City area. He's transferred high schools from Winnetonka H.S. in Missouri to Bishop Miege H.S. in Kansas. That has little impact on what will happen here. He'll be at the Iowa junior day on March 6 and a commitment to the Hawkeyes could come at that time. One offer that is possible that could stem Iowa's momentum is from Missouri.
The top 100 player from Texas announced over a month ago that the Hawkeyes lead for his services. He's a four-star running back that holds Iowa in high regard. Unlike Colbert and Kallenberger, I think this is a recruitment that will be much more extended and the competitors for his services should only increase. Iowa leads now but this will be a fight.
The quarterback from Garland, Texas was just offered by Iowa, the first school to extend him a scholarship. Bobby Kennedy has had success recruiting in Texas before and quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Greg Davis coached in Austin. It'll be interesting to see what others come his way and what kind of fight Iowa will have for his services.
The last running back Iowa got out of Ohio has turned out alright; LeShun Daniels. White is from the Cincinnati area and holds an impressive offer sheet that includes Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, and Iowa State. Depending on how the recruitment shakes out through the Spring, there's a potential Iowa-Iowa State battle on this one.
A commitment from Djimon Colbert would definitely help Iowa's chances on this one. He and McQuitty have formed a nice bond. They've visited some same schools and were the top recruits in the state for their class before Colbert transferred to a school in Kansas. Iowa isn't seriously close to being his leader or securing a commitment from him yet but it could be in the future. Just like Colbert, there's also some patience that needs to be exercised in regards to if Missouri will offer because both grew up huge fans of Mizzou.
This four-star wideout from the Chicago area hasn't particularly blown up yet but he's one that could. However, Iowa was in on him early and they have put in the work, giving him a lot of attention. I think that pays off. I see the Hawkeyes battling it out for this one until the end.
I might put this one in the hot category if I thought Iowa was pushing for him now. The Hawkeyes have offered but I don't think they're being too aggressive just yet on this one and they don't need to be at this time. He's a definite contender to be in this class but I think Iowa wants to wait and see what happens to other top targets first.
Iowa has some connections to this four-star defensive end prospect and some connections to the high school, Good Counsel. That should keep them in the mix and in contention but they're going to have their hands full with Clemson and Maryland.
Iowa has offered the three-star defensive tackle out of Texas powerhouse Bishop Dunne High School. This is one that they identified very early in the process and they've pursued him with a quickness. I think they're in it but so is Oklahoma State, whom his brother signed with a year ago.
There's some Iowa connections for this Alabama prospect as well. It should help the Hawkeyes. He hasn't blown up on the scene just yet and I'm not sure he's going to. Iowa not pushing too hard yet on this one but when they do, they should receive some good news.
Ferguson is a prospect from Madison that has an offer from Wisconsin so the challenges on this one are obvious; You have to beat the Badgers for a kid they were in on early and lives a block from campus, essentially. That's no tall task but the Hawkeyes were in on him early, too, and he hasn't popped for Wisconsin yet. Iowa signed three prospects from the state of Wisconsin a year ago.
Eley is a high school teammate of Paschal, at a school Iowa has had success with. If the Hawkeyes are able to contend for a while or even receive a commitment from Paschal, it could open up the doors with Eley, another four-star junior.
Rowell is an athlete type that could play running back or safety. He likes the Hawkeyes quite a bit early on. Iowa has offered him early while others wait. This one bears watching closely.
I think this is another one that bears watching closely. I think Iowa is seriously in the mix for this one. I'm not sure what other national offers he will add but I think the Hawkeyes are in nice position. I think Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech would be the challengers. His older brother Cameron played for Ohio State and is now with the Steelers and he's obviously from Georgia.
Hill has switched to attention to some of the national schools and nearby schools. Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, and Maryland are ones to watch.
He has an Iowa offer and really likes the Hawkeyes but I don't think he's too high on the pecking order at this time. I think they have a few other preferences they're in good shape for that are ahead of him.
I think experts are going to think Iowa is in contention hear and him paired with A.J. Epenesa would be an incredible duo at defensive end, but I think it's all Mizzou here.
Like Graves, some thought Iowa would be a challenger here initially but it's between Notre Dame and Michigan.
Iowa was in a good spot before he blew up. This one is now Ohio State's to lose.
Iowa offered early and really grabbed his attention but the southeastern schools have followed. Have to believe Auburn and Clemson are now the favorites.
Iowa won't be getting this defensive back from Michigan. He's staying in-state playing for the green and white or the maize and blue.
Ohio State has now offered Riep. Iowa has beat OSU for Ohio kids before but I don't see it happening with Riep.