Iowa Makes Cut for Highly Regarded Wideout

Iowa makes cut for a highly regarded wide receiver prospect.

A lot of the chatter so far in the 2017 recruiting cycle for Iowa has been if they'll be able to lure in some national prospects at wide receiver. They've had a ton of success in the past 18 months at quarterback, running back, offensive line, defensive line, tight end, and in the secondary. They're bringing in a group of linebackers with upside but they're already pretty loaded at that spot with Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann on board for a few more years. 

The one area that could use an upgrade is receiver. There is a bright spot in youngster Jerminic Smith and some possible potential in guys like Jay Scheel, Jonathan Parker, Adrian Falconer, and Emmanuel Ogwo. They know what they're going to get from Matt VandeBerg. Outside of a young rising talent in Jerminic and the steady play of VandeBerg, everything else in the rotation is widely unknown, unproven, and there's a need for improvement at this position.

One candidate in the 2017 class is Chicago-area receiver Isaiah Robertson. The Hawkeyes have been on him for a while and sent him an early offer but there's other contenders for his services such as Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State, and Vanderbilt. 

Robertson is a four-star prospect and a member of the Scout 300. He's rated as the seventh best wideout in the Midwest and the second best in the state of Illinois. 

http://www.scout.com/player/192241-isaiah-robertson?s=73

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound rising senior released a top six today that consisted of Illinois, Penn State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt in addition to the Hawkeyes. This is the first real development of his process as he has tended to play it close to the vest up to this point. Robertson's top six is the first indication of where his recruitment really is.

The chatter behind the scenes isn't all positive for Iowa but making this cut is better than nothing and at least shows they are within striking distance. But in all likelihood, the Hawkeyes trail Notre Dame and Illinois. The Fighting Irish recently offered and they were a school he had been paying a lot of attention to despite the lack of offer. New head coach Lovie Smith has made his mark as well but the Illini stood a decent chance even before his hiring. 

No visits are set for the near future at this point. Scout will keep you up to date on the latest from Robertson as his recruitment progresses. 


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