There's a few big fish still left out there on the recruiting trail for the Hawkeyes and they had one in town this past weekend for his official visit. Iowa hosted four-star cornerback Russ Yeast. Yeast is a former Kentucky commit, and one of the top athletes in the Midwest. He currently resides in Indiana now but he's spent time at a number of places, including Ohio and Kentucky.
His Iowa trip was the second official visit of his recruiting process so far. He was at Auburn the week before. The Hawkeyes and Tigers are in his top group of schools, in addition to Louisville, Ole Miss, Northwestern, and Illinois.
One of the benchmarks on his visits will be what the game day atmosphere is like at each school. He's made multiple visits to most of the campuses on his top list but he hasn't seen many of them on a Saturday in the Fall. He was able to do that this past Saturday night in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes hosted Iowa State under the lights in Kinnick Stadium.
"The fans and the game day atmosphere was great," Yeast said about his first experience on game day in Iowa City. "It was a packed house. It was really fun. There's a ton of support there."
The second and final benchmark for the Hawkeyes to hit on was impressing Yeast's mother. She had yet to visit Iowa. She did not accompany Russ on his previous visits to the Hawkeye campus. This was her first trip to Iowa and the first opportunity for the coaching staff at Iowa to win her over.
"My mom really liked the coaching staff at Iowa," Yeast shared with Scout. "They impressed her quite a bit. She really liked the academics at Iowa as well. So it was a good trip all-around for her."
With Iowa meeting, or perhaps exceeding, the benchmarks set before the trip to Iowa City, have they created some separation at all at the top? Yeast was not ready to make any declarations or changes as far as his top group of schools is concerned.
"My top group is still the same," he pointed out.