Iowa has 10 commits in the hopper for the 2017 class, a group that will likely finish with less than 20. There's a few openings left on the 85-man scholarship count for the 2016 regular season in addition to only having 13 seniors. 20 would likely be the maximum number of signees they can take but it may take some effort for the total to reach that high.
So what's the next step? Derek Young of Hawkeye Insider explores the top five remaining targets left on the board for Iowa as we enter the summer recruiting phase that will involve camps hosted in Iowa City, satellite camps, and a few big visit weekends.
Iowa has yet to offer another quarterback since their pursuit centered around Texas native Kamron Fields and prospects Jake Allen, Jonathan Lewis, Hunter Johnson, Kasim Hill and Rocky Lombardi have committed elsewhere. That indicates that Fields is one that they covet and desire. It was reciprocated when Fields left the Lone Star State to visit the Hawkeyes for their spring game. Since then, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Greg Davis has visited the signal caller and watched him throw for an in-person evaluation.
Fields has now collected more scholarship offers since that trip, including one from Minnesota. It seems as though the situation is in a resting phase but it could return to very active and in a serious stage if Fields makes his planned visit to Iowa in June.
A teammate of Fields, Shamond Greenwood is a high value wide receiver target for many programs. In addition to Iowa, he's being heavily pursued by Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi State and Utah. It is likely an uphill battle if the Hawkeyes are unable to secure the verbal pledge of his teammate Kamron Fields, so Greenwood's recruitment is largely dependent upon that in terms of Iowa's chances. Fields giving Iowa the nod does not automatically put Greenwood into Iowa's class but it ensures that they have more than a fighting chance and gives them an opportunity to chase him down and host him on a few visits, which is key.
Another standout receiver, Maurice Bell is from Murrieta Valley, California. It lead many to believe, including myself, that Iowa's chances of nabbing a commitment from him were pretty slim. That was an incorrect assumption. Iowa is firmly planted in his recruitment and may even be the frontrunner at this stage now that the Huskers are no longer a factor. His top five included Colorado, Michigan, Arizona, Washington State and the Hawkeyes. He has yet to visit Arizona and Washington State. He has visited Iowa and Colorado, giving them the best chances of landing him when he makes his choice in June. He will make a trip to Ann Arbor and his performance at that camp will determine how hard the Wolverines pursue him.
Iowa was in prime position to be the top contender for Colin Anderson before his recruitment exploded. They're still one of the few programs near the top of his list, but they have company with the likes of Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Michigan. He visits during June as he and his family make a trip to Iowa every summer because Anderson has an older brother that attends law school at Drake University. That will be the time that the Hawkeyes have to impress to stay among the leaders in the race for his services. I still like their chances but the scene is much more crowded.
The defensive back from Fairfield (Ohio) was just offered by Iowa a little over a month ago. Josiah Scott now holds a few power five offers after West Virginia and Pittsburgh also threw their name into the ring. The Mountaineers may hold the edge as of now because of a longer lasting relationship and the fact he's already visited Morgantown. Scott is also planning a return trip to West Virginia. Iowa will get their chance, though. Scott visits the Hawkeyes during June and they can leave their mark on this recruitment at that time. Defensive back is an area of emphasis in the 2017 recruiting class as they've already lost Maurice Fleming to transfer, Omar Truitt left the program, and they'll lose Desmond King and Greg Mabin to graduation.