The Iowa Hawkeyes are in the midst of building a strong 2017 football recruiting class. It includes a five-star prospect in defensive end A.J. Epenesa and two four-star prospects in safety Djimon Colbert and running back Eno Benjamin. Epenesa and Benjamin are also both members of the Scout100.
Not only that but the Hawkeyes have already secured verbal pledges from several three-star prospects in offensive tackles Tristan Wirfs and Mark Kallenberger, running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and defensive end Levi Duwa.
The class ranks currently at 20th in the nation with 10 commitments with an average star ranking of 3.10. They also have a few other big fish they are chasing for a class that will probably finish with less than 20 signees.
Iowa's group of pledges aren't just rated high. They are also receiving national recognition for their play.
Both Benjamin and Epenesa have been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game on January 7 in San Antonio where they will star for the West squad.
Three other Hawkeye commitments have been nominated for the game, giving them an opportunity to participate as possible invitees. Djimon Colbert received his nomination last week while this week both offensive tackles Mark Kallenberger and Tristan Wirfs were also nominated to play in the notorious high school all-star game in San Antonio.
That would be five possible commits for Kirk Ferentz's recruiting class competing on a national stage in front of a large audience. It is safe to say that the image of Iowa football has been elevated as they reap the benefits of appearing in the school's first Rose Bowl in 25 years this past season.