Iowa is basically plucking away and landing everything they want or need in-state for the 2017 recruiting class. The Hawkeyes land their seventh commitment of the cycle in Bettendorf offensive tackle Mark Kallenberger. He's a three-star prospect with a growing offer sheet. He chose Iowa over Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Colorado State. He was also receiving strong interest from Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
Kallenberger joins other Iowa standouts Juan Harris, Jacob Coons, Coy Kirkpatrick, and Tristan Wirfs. The lone out-of-state commits are five-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa of Edwardsville, Illinois and four-star safety Djimon Colbert of Kansas City. Now we will wait and see what other in-state players with offers decide to follow suit.
The addition of Kallenberger gives them two in-state offensive tackles so far in the class but they are hoping for a third. Offensive tackle Zach Dykstra of Spirit Lake also holds an offer from the Hawkeyes and holds them in high regard. It's not too bad of a year in the state when you can conceivably land three offensive tackles in your own backyard and feel more than comfortable about their ability and potential. There's a chance the state produces five offensive tackles that enter into FBS programs because Peter Nank and Alex Kleinow are pretty good in their own right.
Iowa's class now six commitments but they have some others that may not be far away from jumping on board. Another in-state prospect, Rocky Lombardi, could join the fold when the Hawkeyes make their annual trip to Des Moines for a spring practice. The quarterback from Valley High School in West Des Moines will assuredly be in attendance when Iowa practices inside his own stadium. Dykstra could also enter the mix as well. I would not expect the in-state prospects to take much longer to become apart of the Hawkeyes' class.