One of the surprises of the recruiting process in the 2017 cycle was when Zach Dykstra, an offensive tackle from Spirit Lake, Iowa, committed to Miami. Dykstra had other offers from the Hawkeyes of course, but also Colorado State, Iowa State and Southern Mississippi. More would have probably come his way throughout the spring evaluation period had he not already made his verbal pledge to the Hurricanes.
Dykstra made his commitment to Miami soon after an unofficial visit to south Florida. There's been little chatter or buzz that has been reported around his recruitment ever since but he was one that got away for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa wanted him quite a bit and there's zero reason to blame them for that. He may be the top lineman in the state for the 2017 class, and that includes fellow Iowa commits Mark Kallenberger and Tristan Wirfs, but also Cyclones pledge Colin Newell, Miami (Ohio) pledge Peter Nank, Alex Kleinow of Iowa City West and Bettendorf's Cole Webster. That is quite the statement considering the depth and quality at the position this year in the state of Iowa.
That begs the question. Fact or fiction, does Iowa flip Dykstra from Miami?
DYLAN: Fiction on this one. Miami is a good school with a good coach in Mark Richt. Dykstra took a lot of flak on social media for choosing Miami over the Hawkeyes and I just don't see him flipping after that. Even though they've had some down years, Miami will have the talent to have a very good football team.
DEREK: Fact. It's more speculating than anything at this point but rarely do top in-state prospects leave for destinations so far away. Yes, I know Ross Pierschbacher left for Alabama but the Hurricanes aren't exactly the Crimson Tide. The situation also suggests that it could be a strong possibility. Spirit Lake is a far cry from the lifestyle that is south Florida.
Add that to Dykstra growing up very fond of the Hawkeyes, as well as his family, and I think this is a recipe for a flip later on at some point. Plus, new Iowa Director of Recruiting Tyler Barnes had established a relationship with Dykstra while at Vanderbilt, even before his return to Iowa City. That's one of his targets and that familiarity could come into play here. One obstacle that will have to be overcome is Iowa already securing verbals from two other tackles in the class. That likely played a role in him deciding to commit elsewhere. I think it is certainly doable.
Due to proximity and the home schedule that Iowa has for the upcoming year, and I would be surprised if Dykstra didn't show up for a game or two. That will only help in the Hawkeyes convincing him to stay home. I think at the end of the day, Dykstra will be donning the black and gold.