Iowa may end up missing on Frank Darby, who was unable to sign with the Hawkeyes on National Signing Day last February. The only receiver they did sign was Devonte Young. Couple that with the fact that they haven't had a wideout commit on the class of 2017 yet and that leaves them pretty thin.
An option in that class of 2017 could be Florida wideout Joshua Ali but Iowa will without a doubt have to put in the work. Ali told Scout last night that he currently holds 17 offers, but picked up another one today from the University of South Florida, which makes it 18.
He stands 6-foot tall and weighs around 180 pounds, but possesses all the necessary attributes to play wide receiver at the next level.
Just from watching tape on him, you can tell he is a great route runner and an exceptional pass catcher. Ali agreed with me saying that he felt his best attributes were route running and pass catching. "Great Routes, Great Hands," Ali said in a message describing his strengths as a football player.
He said he'd like to improve upon his speed, but is taking the necessary steps to do that. "I actually ran track this year so I think I've improved," said Ali.
He'll still have one year left of high school ball and will need to get a little bigger and a little faster before departing for a college campus, whichever one he chooses to attend.
"As of right now, I have no highs or lows with any schools. I'm just focusing on finishing up the spring," said Ali. He doesn't know where the Hawkeyes fall at this point, but does plan to start thinking about scheduling visits soon.
"Me and my dad are making a plan after spring of all the schools we're going to visit," said Ali.
Ali did not know whether or not Iowa was going to be on that list, as he waits to get things set in stone once the spring concludes.
Iowa needs some receivers so Ali could be a nice piece to a recruiting class that is already pretty stacked for the Hawkeyes.