One of the better prospects in the state of Iowa for the 2017 class is Wellman native Levi Duwa. From Mid-Prairie H.S. Duwa is a defensive end with a lot of promise. He has good burst off the line of scrimmage but is just scratching the surface of what he can become.
He has a lot of potential because of his get-off at the line but also because his body has yet to fill out. He's undersized now but he's only going to get bigger and stronger. If he can maintain his quickness and athleticism while doing so, he'll be a good player along the defensive front.
The Hawkeyes have poked around a little so far. They filled up nicely at defensive end in the class a year ago with guys like Chauncey Golston, Brandon Simon, and Romeo McKnight. They also signed Cedrick Lattimore who will likely at least start on the outside before he moves to defensive tackle. With Shaun Beyer not beginning at tight end with LeVar Woods, he likely becomes a candidate to be a defensive end from the 2016 class as well. That's at least four bodies.
They've already reeled in commits in this class from five-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa and fellow Iowa lineman Coy Kirkpatrick in the 2017 class. However, Kirkpatrick can likely play inside at the next level. He's already about 260 pounds or so with a good frame to tack on more.
Iowa would have probably already found rom for Duwa in a normal year but I think they've operated slower just because of they've operated at defensive end recently. Either way, Duwa may be too good for the Hawkeyes to let get away. He'll be returning to Iowa City once again this weekend for a visit.
"I am visiting Iowa this weekend," Duwa said to Scout.
It is possible that an offer could be on the table for this weekend, though Duwa notes he has no knowledge of it. He's optimistic one comes in the near future, though.
"I'm not for sure that an offer will come this weekend but I'd say it's coming before long," Duwa shared. "They have just been telling me to be patient and to trust them, and that they will take care of the rest."
One element of this newfound pursuit could revolve around position. The Hawkeyes may want to slide Duwa inside at the next level. I'd be skeptical about him being able to add enough necessary weight but it's been discussed.
"I think they're looking at me more along the lines of a defensive tackle," Duwa noted.
Duwa holds offers from Minnesota and Eastern Michigan. He's visited the Gophers a couple times already and they've made a massive impression on him. Despite that, the Iowa offer would still carry more weight if it comes.
"I really like Minnesota," he admitted. "I would have a pretty tough decision to make if Iowa offered. But I would say that an offer would put Iowa on top."