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
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's changed the date of his visit to Iowa from March 6 to March 18. There's some Nebraska buzz all of a sudden but I think it is a smokescreen to create drama for the choice. I still like the Hawkeyes here and it could happen when he's in Iowa City or soon after.
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. It gets heated up more soon as Benjamin has scheduled a visit to Iowa City for March 11 but will visit several other schools on the trip as well.
I turned the recruitment around running back Tayon Fleet-Davis to hot not because I think this happens soon but I do believe there's a lot of mutual interest between both sides. Fleet-Davis recently told Scout that Iowa is a big factor and he's planning a trip to see the Hawkeyes in June.
Indianapolis Cathedral safety Ben Stewart was offered by Iowa just today. I immediately put this one in the hot category because this is a case where the Hawkeyes and Stewart have actually been in a lot of contact already and a relationship has already been established. This is an exciting offer for him for that reason but also because it is his first offer from a Big Ten school. Stewart's recruitment is one that will probably be worth monitoring for the duration.
This is a downgrade. I still think Iowa lands him but it probably won't happen soon and there could be one school that makes him think twice about the Hawkeyes. Kallenberger thinks an offer from Oklahoma could come soon and he's in the midst of planning a visit to Norman. A decision won't happen according to him until he sees the Sooners.
Like Kamron Fields of Texas, quarterback Jonathan Lewis was offered by the Hawkeyes last week. The New Jersey native comes from a high school not new to producing quarterbacks. St. Peter's Prep is where Notre Dame's Brandon Wimbush is from. This is a recruitment in the beginning stages but Lewis is interested in visiting Iowa.
The quarterback from Garland, Texas was just offered by Iowa last week, 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.
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.
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.
Cody White is a name to remember. There's not a lot of chatter on this one but Iowa does like plucking prospects from Michigan and this is one that is certainly doable. He also fits what the Hawkeyes like to do on offense.
Ferguson is a prospect from Madison that has an offer from Wisconsin so the challenges on this one are obvious. Iowa has had some good luck in Wisconsin in the past which was the reason that he was in the warm category a week ago. He's downgraded to cold now. The Badgers should have no problem reeling in a relative of Barry Alvarez.
This is another downgrade to cold. I think Clair will be visiting Iowa next month and they are his only offer but I think he is lower on the pecking order and might not be under consideration if some of the other top priorities are in play.
Like his Indianapolis Cathedral teammates Ben Stewart and Markese Stepp, Werner was offered by the Hawkeyes earlier today. I don't think Iowa is going to be able to get too involved here. There's a lot of suitors already in play and some national powers. For the Hawkeyes to compete in races like this, they usually have to be among the first couple of offers. That's not the case here.
Nelson was among the handful of 2017 prospects offered by Iowa earlier today. Michigan State has already offered the Mitten State native. I think this one becomes too much of a challenge for the Hawkeyes.
I think experts are going to think Iowa is in contention here and him paired with A.J. Epenesa would be an incredible duo at defensive end, but I think it's all Mizzou here.
Iowa offered early and really grabbed his attention but the southeastern schools have followed. Have to believe Auburn and Clemson are now the favorites.