Two Receivers Iowa Could Offer

A position of emphasis for Iowa on the recruiting trail moving forward will be wide receiver. Here's two to keep an eye on as they could earn offers before the summer is complete.

After losing two receivers to graduation in Tevaun Smith and Jacob Hillyer, Iowa was only to sign one in Devonte Young. Once again, after this year, they'll lose two more in seniors Matt VandeBerg and Riley McCarron. That makes it imperative the Hawkeyes hit at the wide receiver position in the 2017 class. They'll likely look to sign two or three for this cycle.

Iowa has offers out to a handful of wideout prospects so far. But they lost out on Cody White to Michigan State, Isaiah Robertson to Notre Dame, and Jaevon McQuitty to Nebraska. They're not deeply in the discussion for Danny Davis and Jaylen Harris of Ohio. Tyrell Shavers of Texas, or Maurice Bell from California. That leaves Jahmin Muse and Eddie Lewis of New Jersey. 

Rutgers seems to be in strong shape for Lewis while it is too early to tell for Muse. That means that they'll likely have to re-shuffle the deck and find a new pool to choose from during the spring evaluation period and the summer camp circuit.

There's two prospects that will likely emerge to the forefront during these periods. Oliver Martin of Iowa City West and Jafar Armstrong of Bishop Miege H.S. in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Martin has terrific film. So terrific that it is a bit puzzling he hasn't been able to generate more of an offer sheet at this time. He's got strong hands, consistently gets open, and has impressive initial acceleration. His stride also catches the eye with how he's able to blow by his opponents. 

Armstrong is a bit more raw as a receiver. He's put up jaw-dropping statistics his sophomore and junior seasons but is more of a project as he looks to develop consistency in creating separation, high-pointing the football, and translating his speed to the field. He has great size, runs a 10.8 in the 100 yard dash, and can bench press nearly 300 pounds. He's a sensational athlete that is just picking up the nuances and technique of the position.

With Iowa searching deep into the talent pool for some bodies at receiver in the 2017 class, these are two that should definitely generate a lot of attention moving forward. They'll both camp with the Hawkeyes in June.

It would almost be a shock for Martin not to grab an offer at that time. His ability is hard to ignore and he would be a perfect fit for Matt VandeBerg's spot in the slot. Armstrong probably has more to prove during his camp performance but his athleticism and measurables are an indication of his strong potential. He's also a teammate of Iowa verbal pledge Djimon Colbert, giving the Hawkeyes an edge if they want to jump into pursuit.

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