Iowa has been placing a strong emphasis not only on wide receivers in the 2017 recruiting class, but also defensive backs. They'll lose their two starters after the upcoming season and lost two to transfer in the offseason. They added a couple in the 2016 group but they'll need two or three more in the 2017 class, specifically at cornerback.
They've offered plenty already and added a couple more during the big Hawkeye Tailgater event in Iowa City this weekend. One of those offers was extended to Joshua Turner of Florida. He attends American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, a notorious high school football powerhouse.
Turner already held offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Purdue, South Florida, Utah State, Wisconsin, and Central Florida. The 6-foot, 180 pound corner already holds the Hawkeyes in high regard.
"It was an awesome visit," Turner said. "It's a beautiful place. I will release a top four or five soon and Iowa will be one of them."
Not only did Turner show his affection for Iowa but the staff made it clear to him what they think of his talents.
"They were just telling me a lot of good things about their school and their program," Turner noted. "They said I was special and would fit right in there."
The offer wasn't totally expected but drew the same joy from Turner as you would expect.
"It was a toss-up for me on if they would offer or not," he explained. "I didn't really know. But I was definitely very excited when it came."