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Iowa Goes to the Top for 2018 Target I'Shawn Stewart

Iowa in prime position for a top 2018 target from the midwest.

One of the bigger jumps Iowa made for any prospect last night was 2018 Bolingbrook (Illinois) athlete I'Shawn Stewart. The Hawkeyes are in heavy pursuit of him to be a wide receiver, likely the slot, while other teams such as Illinois covet him as a cornerback. He's visited Iowa already a couple times before but this visit will certainly stand out for quite a while, seeing the Hawkeye faithful rush the field after defeating the third best team in the country.

"I grade the visit a 10 out of 10," Stewart said to Scout afterwards. "It was a great game and I loved how great the fans were throughout the whole game. What I will definitely remember the most about my visit was the last second field goal. It was a great way to make history."

Stewart is a three-star junior from a notorious powerhouse high school in the state of Illinois. He has another Big Ten offer from Illinois as well and the Fighting Illini will be a prime contender for his services, too. 


Iowa was the first school to offer as well and he's formed close relationships with the coaching staff in Iowa City.

"A coach I really connect with is my favorite guy, Coach Bobby Kennedy," Stewart noted. "BK (Bobby Kennedy) is probably one of my favorites throughout a lot of schools. We relate to each other a lot. He was there when I broke my ankle and I can never forget that."

Bobby Kennedy has certainly left his mark on the recruitment of Stewart but so has a current 2017 commit for the Hawkeyes. 

"An Iowa recruit I'm close to is Ivory Kelly-Martin," he revealed. "He's actually my cousin. He's been trying to get me to join the Hawkeye family, too."

Iowa certainly has some nice angles and relationships to chase the quick receiver with and it has them in striking position to possibly land him going forward.

"Iowa is one of my favorites as of now," Stewart admitted. "It's between #1 and #2 for them. They'll remain in my top 5 even when I start to receive the rest of my offers."

"I like the environment and the family and brotherhood of the players and I like how the fans treat the football players," he added. "Iowa just seems to be a great place all-around."

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