Iowa is on the pursuit of a top 25 class for the 2017 recruiting cycle. They've landed some prospects in high demand already with additions like five-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa, four-star safety Djimon Colbert, three-star running back Ivory Kelly-Martin, defensive tackle Juan Harris, and offensive tackles Mark Kallenberger and Tristan Wirfs.
They'd like to pair another top-flight safety with Colbert. The Kansas City native committed to the Hawkeyes about a month ago.
He could have company soon. One rising senior that has expressed very strong interest in Iowa is Cincinnati safety Keontae Jones. Jones was scheduled to visit Iowa City for the Hawkeyes last junior day but plans fell through. The 6-foot, 175 pound safety is following his word by finding a new date to arrive on the Hawkeye campus.
"I'm pretty sure I'll be visiting Iowa on April 17," Jones confirmed to Scout.
Most of the month's visitors will likely be in attendance for Iowa's final spring football event on Saturday April 23. Jones coming earlier and on an isolated day could actually work in Iowa's favor. It means that he'll get much more one-on-one time and be the focus of the trip instead of having to share attention with many other targets.
He's geared up and excited for his visit to see Kirk Ferentz, his staff, the facilities, and the rest of the campus.
"They're still in the picture," Jones admitted about where the Hawkeyes stand. "I just want to get on campus and see what it's like."
His recruitment hasn't exploded just yet and he hasn't revealed too much about his personal thoughts on any specific programs. It seems like it is an open race still for his services.
"I do not have a leader as of now," Jones pointed out. "I'm just looking at all my options. I'm interested in the schools that are interested in me. I want to find a place that fits me."
Jones is a three-star prospect and also rated as the second best safety in Ohio. His other offers include Indiana, Rutgers, Iowa State, Louisville, Illinois, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Cincinnati.