They missed on some national names here like Hunter Johnson to Clemson and Jake Allen to Florida. Kasim Hill stayed home and chose Maryland already. West Des Moines rising senior Rocky Lombardi picked Michigan State over Iowa as well but the Hawkeyes were looking at him more as an athlete that could possibly play linebacker. That leaves Johnathan Lewis of New Jersey and Kamron Fields of Texas.
Fields has given the Hawkeyes some love on twitter and his offer sheet has been increasing. He's added some of the lower in-state schools like SMU. Lewis hails from a high school powerhouse that also produced Notre Dame underclassman quarterback Brandon Wimbush. He has some of the local offers such as Boston College, Rutgers, and Temple. Iowa will need visits from these guys before it's considered too serious. I expect more offers to signal callers to go out and that could be where the quarterback comes from in this class.
It is pretty cut and dry at this position. They've already reeled in Ivory Kelly-Martin from Illinois and they're waiting on Eno Benjamin of Texas who decides in six days. They'll take another back if it's Benjamin. I don't think they take another if it's not Benjamin. That probably rules out guys like Andrew Clair and Tayon Fleet-Davis who were legitimate targets at one point.
They missed on Jaevon McQuitty to Nebraska and Cody White to Michigan State. Iowa will probably still try to pull McQuitty away because of the long-lasting relationship there and his bond with Djimon Colbert. I don't think it's likely though and White is gone. Maurice Bell, Tyrell Shavers, Danny Davis, and Jaylen Harris aren't coming to Iowa, either. That leaves Isaiah Robertson, Eddie Lewis, and Jahmin Muse. Russ Yeast could be a possibility if they like him at wideout but he is committed to Kentucky.
Robertson is coming in for the Spring game but that will be a tough battle with Notre Dame and Illinois. Unless Iowa impresses him greatly in 11 days, I don't think that one will work out for the Hawkeyes. Eddie Lewis is from recruiting grounds that Iowa has had success with but I think Rutgers is going to have more success in-state under Chris Ash so they will be stiff competition along with Duke and North Carolina. Muse is also from New Jersey and was recently offered. They'll have to fight it out for him with Boston College, Maryland, and Rutgers. I'm not optimistic on any of the wideouts that have been offered.
I think Iowa's wideouts will come from folks that have yet to be offered so it is probably wait and see mode for now but new offers should surface during the evaluation period later this month and during camp season in June. One to keep an eye on is Oliver Martin from Iowa City West. I think he finds his way into the class at some point. Another name to know is Jafar Armstrong of Bishop Miege H.S. in the Kansas City area. He's teammates with Djimon Colbert now, very talented, and I know Iowa likes him. I think they want to see him camp in the summer.
I see three possibly being added. They lost Tevaun Smith and Jacob Hillyer but only gained Devonte Young. After this season they lose Riley McCarron and Matt VandeBerg.
They have other offers out here that they could take if they project commit Jacob Coons to the defensive side of the ball, possibly outside linebacker. There's a little flexibility because of that. I think Jordan Goodwin sticks with basketball and Notre Dame commit Cole Kmet isn't coming to Iowa. The only other possibility is Austin Allen of Nebraska. They'd probably take him if he wanted in and find a spot. He has a Huskers offer so it'll be tough regardless. They're probably done here.
Iowa already has two here in Mark Kallenberger of Bettendorf and Tristan Wirfs of Mount Vernon. They missed on Spirit Lake's Zach Dykstra to Miami. They're probably done here unless they can reel Dykstra back in. I think they stay in-state for the offensive tackle haul in this class.
No offers have been sent out to anyone that projects to play the interior of the offensive line. That is probably a strong sign it is not much of a target in this class. They have signed guys like Spencer Williams, Cole Banwart, James Daniels, the Paulsen twins, and Jake Newborg the past two classes. It isn't much of a need.
They've landed two high priorities and two good ones already in this group with the additions of A.J. Epenesa and Coy Kirkpatrick. There was a lot of bodies in the last class that also could end up playing this position, 5-6 guys in fact. They're probably done at this spot. There's not anyone they're circling the waters for at this moment at defensive end. The kicker could be if they see Kirkpatrick playing defensive tackle because he has the size to build up to that point. A name to keep an eye on just in case is Levi Duwa of Mid-Prairie in Wellman, Iowa. He holds a Minnesota offer at this time but the Hawkeyes probably would like to see him in camp. He'll likely commit to the Gophers sooner rather than later.
They got a huge one already in Juan Harris of North Fayette in Iowa. They're not a favorite to land any of the others they've offered so far. They did sign Cedrick Lattimore a year ago who can play defensive end or defensive tackle and they also signed Austin Schulte that could wind up at tackle. They do lose Jaleel Johnson and Faith Ekakitie but they might have done enough a year ago to be comfortable with just Harris.
Out of all the linebackers they've offered, the only one worth monitoring right now is Colin Anderson of Alabama. He's got ties to Iowa, loves the Hawkeyes, should be visiting again over the summer, and lacks the big offers from the in-state schools. He's under the radar and Iowa likes him a lot. I think he's a fit for what they want. They only signed three true linebackers a year ago in Amani Jones, Barrington Wade, and Kyle Taylor. Taylor and Jones should play inside, leaving Wade only on the outside. Nick Niemann probably makes a home at this spot too and who knows what happens with Shaun Beyer and Kristian Welch. That makes it tough to know what Iowa is searching for recruiting-wise because there was so much position flexibility in the last class.
The most they'll take here is two but they could be content with one. With little need at inside linebacker, the answer is likely two.
They went heavy at linebacker in the 2016 class and they'll lose zero linebackers to graduation. I think they probably take two, and they could go one on the inside and one on the outside or they could take both from the outside. It'll likely be dependent on where Kristian Welch, Nick Niemann, and Shaun Beyer wind up.
They have four offers out here but all are very unlikely. Malik Robinson is committed to North Carolina and Loren Mondy is committed to Arizona State. Anthony Hines has about 80 offers. Thomas Johnston was a possibility at one time. He also has ties to the Hawkeyes but the Alabama native has blown up and holds an offer from Auburn in addition to schools like Clemson, LSU, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
Iowa took two here last year in Emmanuel Rugamba and Cedric Boswell. They will lose three in Maurice Fleming, Greg Mabin, and Desmond King which will really cut into the depth that they have developed. The only meaningful contributor that will return is Josh Jackson. Michael Ojemudia has received some positive comments and will get his share of work with the special teams this upcoming season. Outside of Jackson and Ojemudia will only be Omar Truitt (who was arrested in the offseason) and Rugamba and Boswell. I can see them grabbing another two or three at corner in this class.
Unfortunately they haven't made any impressive moves here yet in this class. Fofie Bazzie committed to Maryland and they won't be landing Chevin Calloway, DeAngelo Gibbs, Stanford Samuels, Ambry Thomas, Amir Riep, or Tre Shaw. That only leaves Dameon Williams.
Williams hails from Georgia which hasn't been a successful recruiting ground for the Hawkeyes yet despite their efforts. They have claimed they're making progress, though. The other contenders for his services are Duke, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina. He'll be a tough pull.
The two or three bodies that they add here probably haven't been offered yet.
Iowa already hit a home run at safety with the commitment of Djimon Colbert, a four-star prospect from Kansas City. Some have him slotted at cornerback, but from seeing him in person several times, he's a safety through and through and the Hawkeye staff believes so as well.
I think they want to add one more. They lost Lomax a year ago but they added Lance Billings and Amani Hooker so they're fine now. They only lose Anthony Gair after this upcoming season but I think Brandon Snyder nets a scholarship at some point. They'd be fine taking just one but they aren't recruiting that way. They're chasing Jordan Rowell and Keontae Jones with quite the aggression. They're the two most likely at this point and they're in hot pursuit of both.
I think they'd prefer Jones and he has reciprocated the interest and will visit Iowa this upcoming Sunday. However, he'll be at Iowa State the day before and his brother signed with the Cyclones in the 2016 class so that is a massive potential roadblock. That is probably where Rowell comes into play and he has strong Iowa ties with his high school position coach being Matt Bowen.
My guess is that they'd finish here with Colbert and Rowell.