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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IN THE FOLD
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.
Iowa closed well in this one. Nebraska was making a surge and Oklahoma was impressing him and would of posed a stiff challenge had they offered. However, the Hawkeyes kicked it into high gear and locked Kallenberger up before it got too interesting.
This was another strong call by the thermometer just like Kallenberger, Colbert, Epenesa, Coons, and Wirfs were. Kelly-Martin has been in the hot category for over a month despite the Eno Benjamin fanfare. He was offered on his junior day visit and was thoroughly infatuated with the Hawkeyes. He made it public with a verbal pledge earlier this week.
With Ben Stewart off the board and headed to Boston College, this one becomes more likely. I think Rowell jumps on board before his season in the fall and will be another safety in the class.
Miami has now offered but that won't matter. Dykstra will be a Hawkeye. It is a matter of when, not if. I think it will happen before summer. He could visit sometime this Spring so that is something to keep an eye out for.
The decision date has been set for April 18. The Hawkeyes should be the pick and they will have to hang on for dear life for nearly ten months following that pledge. The commitment of Kelly-Martin at running back has no bearing here. It is not a sign at all. Iowa wanted another back.
He's a four-star basketball prospect leaning towards Illinois but Iowa is the lone school that has also offered him as a football prospect. He's quite an athlete that could play on the edge. I don't think it's likely but he's not shrugging off the chance to play football instead. The door is cracked just a bit.
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.
This is not a total reaction to Lombardi going Michigan State's way but it does play a part. With Lombardi being recruited as an athlete anyways, the search for a quarterback was still ongoing. Fields is a prime candidate at this point.
It's the same situation as Fields. Lewis is in play with Lombardi not being recognized as a quarterback recruit. I do think the situation around Fields looks a bit more optimistic than the one around Lewis for Iowa's chances.
It's clear that Keontae Jones likes Iowa and he was dropped to cold once Colbert committed and Iowa appeared to be in great shape for safety Ben Stewart. Then Stewart surprised everyone with a verbal pledge to Boston College. That puts Keontae Jones back in play possibly but the Hawkeyes need a visit from him. Him and Rowell are the two contenders to be the other safety added.
Call it a hunch but I think Iowa is definitely in play for the Kentucky commit. He's an athlete that could project to a number of positions. At Iowa, he'd probably roam somewhere in the secondary or possibly flip to wideout. He's dangerous with the ball in his hands. Yeast closely watches what is going on with the Hawkeyes. Nothing serious is going on here but I don't think he should be a name folks quickly discard.
Iowa was in charge at one point once they offered but that changed when Michigan State threw their hat in the right. The Hawkeyes offered as an athlete but the Spartans wanted him as a quarterback. That was one of the deciding factors as well as him being drawn to MSU for quite some time.
Clair becomes a lot less likely in this class after Kelly-Martin's commitment and Benjamin coming on board. He could be a possibility as an athlete, but in a class that will be smaller than the 2016 group, his chances shrink significantly.
The Kentucky running back commit from Toledo has flirted with Iowa some but the addition of Kelly-Martin probably rules this scenario out.
Like Warren, Fleet-Davis is a lot less likely since the Hawkeyes should be doubling up at running back on April 18.
Iowa tried here but it was always an uphill climb for Barry Alvarez's grandson. He committed to Wisconsin a week ago.
Notre Dame is now involved here and that is serious business for Robertson. I think the Fighting Irish are now the favorite for his services.
A safety off the board here. Iowa was scheduled to get a visit from the Maryland defensive back but I warned that I didn't think this one was necessarily all that serious. He committed to Duke over the weekend.