Iowa got some bad news from the 2017 class on Sunday evening but good news from the 2018 class came in late Sunday night. The Hawkeyes have landed Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead linebacker Mike Bruner. Bruner also had an offer from Iowa State and was hearing from several Big Ten schools.
If you've been a premium member of Scout, you've known this one was just a matter of time. Bruner has visited the Hawkeyes several times already, including a couple times over the summer, and his trip for Iowa game this past weekend was his second of the Fall. He becomes Kirk Ferentz's first verbal pledge of the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Bruner most likely projects as an outside linebacker. He's someone that could play the weakside linebacker position that is currently held by Bo Bower, or the LEO role that has been played by Ben Niemann the last two seasons.
Because of his ability to play in space and his experience in coverage already just in high school, the LEO linebacker spot would likely suit Bruner the best. That is the linebacker spot where the most coverage is asked of and Bruner stars in a similar role for Homestead High School in Wisconsin.
Bruner will not be the last linebacker commit for the Hawkeyes in 2018. Expect this position to carry much greater emphasis with this group than it has in the 2017 cycle.