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. This version gauges the aftermath of Iowa's huge visit weekend.
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All good here. No problems. And he's really good. Multiple year starter for the future in my opinion. He visited last weekend.
Visited Iowa State during the season but I think all is well. Hawkeyes in control. He also visited Iowa this past weekend.
On again. Off again. On again. Off again. But I think he's all Iowa as long as they want him. He was on campus this past weekend.
This is another really good player. I like his future and he was always going to go Iowa's way as soon as they offered.
5-star. Hawkeye legacy. Nobody will ever be able to explain how big this commitment was.
Colbert is the latest commitment. As expected and as reported on Hawkeye Insider for more than a month, he committed to Iowa while on campus for his visit this past weekend.
The visit went well for the extremely hard-hitting safety from Indianapolis and he was thoroughly impressed. Iowa's lead builds even more momentum after this past weekend.
The Iowa visit went very well for the Illinois prospect. His defensive backs coach in high school is former Hawkeye Matt Bowen. I think he'll be the second safety in this class at some point.
Kelly-Martin was offered by Iowa on his visit this past weekend and the Illinois running back said the Hawkeyes are high on his list. He's impressed by the prestige of the program and the prestige of head coach Kirk Ferentz. I like Iowa's chances at this point and I think he's ahead of Andrew Clair on the pecking order at running back.
Iowa sent out two new in-state offers and one was to West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley quarterback Rocky Lombardi. He also holds offers from Iowa State and Virginia. This offer shows who the Hawkeyes want as the quarterback in the class and I think he'll be an Iowa commit before the beginning of Summer.
Dykstra became the third in-state offensive tackle to be offered by Iowa in this cycle, joining Mark Kallenberger and Tristan Wirfs. He said it could be a factor but I believe the Spirit Lake native will also commit to the Hawkeyes but it might have to wait until during the Summer.
Baylor has now offered Eno Benjamin as has Michigan. Both should be mighty competition for Iowa to hang onto their lead.
He did not visit Iowa this past weekend as originally planned because he was sick. Kallenberger wants to wait off on a decision but the Hawkeyes are still the favorite. Oklahoma could contend, though, should they offer.
The visit went well for Clair and the Hawkeyes still lead for his services. But how much does Iowa want him? That's the question. I'm not sure they want him to jump on board just yet with Eno Benjamin still available and they offered running back Ivory Kelly-Martin from Illinois this past weekend.
Missouri offered and I'm almost certain that is where the Columbia native ends up but it's difficult to keep him in the 'cold' category because he just visited Iowa this past weekend and is good friends with new Hawkeyes commit Djimon Colbert.
The Kentucky commit visited Iowa this past weekend but stated after the trip that he is still 100 percent committed to the Wildcats. He also said that he made the trip to be with his teammate Titus McCoy. But he knew he was going to be recruited hard anyways and opened himself up to it. The Hawkeyes are looking to persuade him to be the next Desmond King.
Goodwin is actually a four-star basketball recruit and leaning towards Illinois and Missouri. He held an offer from Fran McCaffery before Kirk Ferentz also issued him a scholarship offer on Sunday during his junior day visit. If he elects to play basketball, Iowa is probably not going to be in the discussion but he told Hawkeye Insider that he is considering pursuing football. That places him in the mix.
The Kentucky commit is a really good prospect from Toledo. I like his talents. He has stayed in contact with new Iowa recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell and he's planning on visiting the Hawkeyes very soon. This is one to keep an eye on.
Eley is a Maryland prospect and a very talented linebacker that Iowa would love to have him. He's actually planning on making a visit over the summer.
There's Iowa connections here and he's already visited. I think he makes a return trip at some point but it may have to wait until the summer. Things will likely heat up then.
Fields goes to cold because Iowa offers in-state quarterback Rocky Lombardi and I think that's who they land for signal caller in the class.
Same as above. Iowa's offer to Lombardi probably makes Lewis a less likely additon for Iowa in this class.
He was not able ot visit Iowa as originally planned. The Cincinnati native does plan to reschedule but he's a safety and they may have two locked up soon. Colbert is already in the fold and Rowell could jump in soon as well.
He finds himself in the cold category because Iowa has made some momentum with others at the position. They're fighting for Eno Benjamin and they're in a good spot with other running backs Andrew Clair and Ivory Kelly-Martin.
Back to cold for linebacker Pete Werner of Indianapolis. I moved him up to warm last week but he was a no-show this past weekend and is more focused on other midwest programs.
The Madison (Wisc.) Memorial linebacker is the grandson of Barry Alvarez. Ferguson enjoyed his visit to Iowa and likes the Hawkeye coaching staff and says Iowa is in the mix. But I don't believe him. I don't see a scenario where the Hawkeyes beat out the Badgers for Barry Alvarez's grandson that is also from Madison.