Ask D&D: Iowa Mailbag July 8

The Hawkeye Insider Mailbag this week tackles some recruiting questions, dives into the historic tradition of walk-ons at Iowa, and discusses Kirk Ferentz's contract.

HAS THERE BEEN ANY NEWS ON A KIRK FERENTZ CONTRACT EXTENSION?

DYLAN: I haven't heard anything on a Kirk Ferentz exentension.

DEREK: Nothing definitive has come out and if they were negotiating, we probably wouldn't hear about it. These things tend to remain very private. However, I think we hear something about an extension either before the season or soon after.

HOW DO YOU LIKE IOWA'S CHANCES WITH TREVOR TROUT?

DYLAN: I think the mutual interest is there. But Trout is a really talented kid and will be sought after by some top schools. Iowa has had success in the St. Louis area, so things could get interesting.

DEREK: It's way too early to tell. He's going to have some very, very good options when it's all said and done. He's just now beginning to rake in offers and he'll blow up even more eventually. Iowa is positioned well right now, along with Missouri, but this one will be a marathon.

CAN YOU PROVIDE A LIST OF THIS YEAR'S POTENTIAL WALK-ONS AND A BRIEF ANALYSIS/DISCUSSION OF EACH.

DEREK: Long-snapper Tyler Kluver and safety Brandon Snyder were a few of the top walk-ons returning but both will be under scholarship now for the 2016 regular season. A cornerback I actually thought flashed a bit during spring football was Jonathan Lubanza. I think he could at least see some time on special teams. It'll take quite the performance from him to be in the two-deeps moving forward with the kind of talent they are assembling in the defensive backfield. Next year might be a time he can make an impact with King and Mabin departing and only Ojemudia and Jackson returning that will have some playing time under their belt.

Other than that, there's a few walk-ons at wideout such as Brandon Bishop, Connor Keane and Ronald Nash that I don't expect to see the field much, if at all. Quarterback Ryan Schmidt is still on the roster but should be on the scout team throughout the year. Defensive back John Milani will also be a walk-on defensive back that should have difficulty seeing the field. Defensive back Kevin Ward could see some playing time on special teams. Safety Jake Gervase has a chance to see some action because they're a bit thin at safety. All the fullbacks are walk-ons like Brady Ross, Drake Kulick, Lane Akre, Austin Kelly and and Steve Manders. Kulick is probably in line to be the starter.

Tight ends Peter Pekar and Nate Wieting could vie for playing time since they're thin at the position and devoid of many upperclassmen scholarship players with Pekar being the most likely of the two. Jacob Sobotka is at linebacker and could possibly see some special teams work. Jake Hulett could see some time at defensive tackle. Sam Brincks may have a couple opportunities at defensive end.

A punter will be a walk-on and likely Colten Rastetter. Central Michigan transfer Dan Coluzzi is still not listed on the roster. If Miguel Recinos wins the kicker job, he'll be a walk-on starter as well.

WHEN/WHO IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT FOOTBALL COMMIT?

DYLAN: All signs are pointing to Chevin Calloway the shut down corner out of Texas. He was going to commit today, but the tragic events in Dallas last night kind of set that back a bit.

DEREK: I'm thinking Chevin Calloway sometime next week.

WHAT DAY DO YOU THINK CHEVIN CALLOWAY COMMITS?

DYLAN: Probably let's the dust settle on all of the things happening recently and I'm guessing does it sometime next week. It will be an exciting day for Iowa fans.

DEREK: The earliest would be Monday but the situation is probably a bit touch-and-go at this time.


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