Derek Young of Hawkeye Insider takes the fifth 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 will likely be the last one before prospects begin to visit for spring practices and jumping into the camp circuit.
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All good here. No problems. And he's really good. Multiple year starter for the future in my opinion.
Visited Iowa State during the season but I think all is well. Hawkeyes in control.
On again. Off again. On again. Off again. But I think he's all Iowa as long as they want him.
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 junior day visit.
His Iowa visit went well and he plays for Matt Bowen who is an assistant at his high school. Rowell has been to campus a couple times. He's letting his recruitment go on for the time being to see what interest rolls in but he should be a Hawkeye at some point.
Benjamin is the top target at running back but I would think Kelly-Martin is very, very high on their preferred list as well. He loved Iowa and he would fit well into the culture of the Hawkeyes' program.
You don't offer the in-state quarterback unless that is the one you want. Iowa did offer the in-state quarterback. It should not take the Des Moines signal caller too much longer to jump into the fold. It may happen at the open practice Iowa will hold at his high school.
He visited Miami and the Hurricanes offered. I think that is the only beginning of him accruing national offers and becoming a widely known prospect. I would still be very, very surprised if he doesn't make Iowa City his next home.
He gets new offers every week but still has the Hawkeyes in his lead after a long midwest tour. That's a good sign and makes Iowa atop everyone after the first quarter. Three more quarters to go.
He's going to draw this recruitment out. It could go into the Fall. He really, really likes Nebraska. Oklahoma may offer and if they do, they'll be a prime contender as well. I'm not ready to say the Hawkeyes aren't the favorite anymore but the competition will be stiff and it is no longer a slam dunk.
Clair said he almost committed to the Hawkeyes on his latest visit to Iowa City. The Iowa staff might be thankful he didn't as I don't believe they want him to jump on board just yet. They're weighing their options and I think they really, really like Eno Benjamin of course but also Ivory Kelly-Martin and Tayon Fleet-Davis.
The four-star basketball prospect is now considering a football future. That is good news for Iowa as they are the only school to give him that option. I still tend to think he goes the hoops route but if not, this could be a steal for the Hawkeyes.
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. It's just another running back to keep in mind.
Fleet-Davis is one of many options for Iowa at running back. It's difficult to sift through all the possibilities. Eno Benjamin is the top target and they'll wait on him for some time. Fleet-Davis becomes an option if Benjamin doesn't go their way.
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.
McQuitty took two junior trips, to Iowa and Nebraska. He committed while in Lincoln.
Stewart really liked Iowa and had a long-standing relationship with the staff. However, he re-visited Jim Reid at his newest home, Boston College, and jumped at the chance. He committed to the Golden Eagles while in Chestnut Hill.
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 did not make his planned trip to Iowa for the last junior day. Add that to the fact that the Hawkeyes have landed Colbert and are in the driver's seat for Jordan Rowell. It's not going to be a full class like a year ago so he needs to show Iowa his true intentions or there may not be enough room at the inn.
As expected, Werner has committed elsewhere. He was apart of the barrage of Notre Dame commitments at their junior day two weekends ago.
Iowa impressed Ferguson a lot at his junior day visit to the Hawkeye campus but he isn't leaving Madison.