Iowa went into Minnesota during the 2016 cycle and came out with a top recruit in safety Amani Hooker from Brooklyn Park. The same could happen in the 2017 class. The Hawkeyes have not offered him but they are targeting Woodbury (Minn.) linebacker Kolade Amusan in a big way.
Amusan is a 6-foot-1, 202 pound outside linebacker with no offers at this time but he has been hearing from a few MAC programs, Minnesota, Iowa State, and Wisconsin in addition to Iowa.
He has built a strong connection with the Hawkeye staff and has a strong affinity for the defending Big Ten West champions.
"The overall visit went great," Amusan said. "It was amazing hospitality and I was wowed by the facilities and how much they truly invest in the athletes. Coach Ferentz truly cares about his players."
The strongest relationship he has established is with new Iowa linebackers coach Seth Wallace who used to be the Hawkeyes' recruiting coordinator. The feedback he received from the new position coach in Iowa City was very positive.
"I am pretty interested in Iowa," Amusan admitted. "Coach Wallace, the linebackers coach, has been to our school and really likes me. He said I should just keep doing what I am doing and an offer will come. I also hope to build my relationship with Coach Ferentz even more.
With a sensational visit in the books, Amusan gave a ringing endorsement to Iowa and revealed the level of interest he has in the Hawkeyes.
"Yes, Iowa would definitely be on top if they offered," he pointed out. "Even over Minnesota."