TAYON FLEET-DAVIS GETS IN-STATE OFFER
An under-the-radar name that I believe has a chance to sneak into the Iowa 2017 recruiting class is running back Tayon Fleet-Davis of Maryland. He's a guy the Hawkeyes were in on early and a lot of times that pays huge dividends. I think it could in this case as well. He's admitted that Iowa is a big factor right now and he's trying to take a trip to see the Hawkeyes during the month of June. One hiccup may be that the in-state Terrapins offered the Potomac standout today. Maryland is one of the schools that has a pretty good track record at keeping some of their prized prospects at home which should mean that this could be a dog-fight now for the Hawkeyes.
ANOTHER OFFER FOR SAFETY BEN STEWART
Iowa offered Indianapolis Cathedral safety Ben Stewart a few days ago, an offer that I think he's wanted for some time. He and the Hawkeye coaching staff have already established quite the relationship and he'll visit Iowa City on March 6. I think this is a recruitment that could be very fruitful for the Hawkeyes. I like their chances. He did add another offer earlier today from Boston College. The Golden Eagles are not expected to be much of a contender for his services.
THE SURGERY ON C.J. BEATHARD
Quarterback C.J. Beathard underwent sports hernia surgery a few weeks after the Rose Bowl. It was to treat and remedy the injury that had been bothering him throughout most of the 2015 football regular season. It's a process that usually requires a 4-6 week recovery. Beathard is expected to be healthy enough to go through spring football according to head coach Kirk Ferentz. However, in my mind, I expect him to be somewhat limited and not take all the first-team reps. He's the leader of the ship and they weren't the same team when he wasn't operating at full capacity. I think they treat him with the kid gloves during the Spring while Tyler Wiegers handles some of the regular duties.
GARY BARTA AGREES TO CONTRACT EXTENSION
Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta agreed to a five-year contract extension earlier today to remain in charge of the Hawkeye athletic program, per Luke Meredith of the Associated Press. His contract now runs through the year 2021 and he gets a $200,000 salary bump. He'll now make around $600,000 per year. His contract extension comes while the basketball team is soaring to top 5 status and after the football team has reached the Rose Bowl. He stuck with Kirk Ferentz as head coach after tumultuous times and hired basketball coach Fran McCaffery.
HAWKEYES FALL IN STATE COLLEGE
I would say it is the worst loss of the year. Iowa fell to Penn State on the road earlier tonight 79-75. It is the worst loss in my mind because they've won every game they should have this year. There's been no slip-ups. Until now. And combine this with the poor performance at home against Minnesota on Sunday and things aren't going particularly well for this team right now. They may get a much needed break and layoff now. They have a full week until their next game. I think they need it. It seems like they're hitting a bit of a wall.
The Hawkeyes have been busy in Cincinnati for the 2017 cycle. They offered yet another prospect from the city today in Colerain safety Keontae Jones. It is still too early to gauge where this one is at or will go but Iowa seems intent on leaving a mark in the state of Ohio, and specifically Cincinnati, in the next recruiting cycle. They've also offered a number of safeties recently so that shows it may be an area of emphasis on the recruiting trail this time around.
EYE ON THE ENEMIES
Iowa State has had some woes on the basketball court as well. They fell to Baylor last night to fall to 7-6 in Big 12 play. That seems really bad for a team that is still ranked 13th in the country, nationally. They do have some good wins and have the ability to do damage in March, but this is a team that should struggle to remain in the Top 25 next week, in my opinion.