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Iowa Weekend Visitor Preview: One Last Hawkeyes' Push to Signing Day

Previewing the big weekend as the Iowa Hawkeyes host a bunch of prospects in an attempt to finish out the class.


Quarterback Peyton Mansell has been in the class a long, long time and it'll culminate with a visit this weekend and his signature on the national letter of intent on Wednesday. Also of note is his emergence as one of the leaders in the class and his part in helping attract others to Iowa.


Kelly-Martin was hearing from various schools throughout his recruiting process, even after he made his commitment to Iowa, but stayed true to the Hawkeyes.


Bryan's recruitment will be one to watch in the lead up to National Signing Day. Pittsburgh is also still in the mix and he was visited by Pat Narduzzi and two Panther assistants on Thursday. Despite the effort to prevent the Iowa official visit from coming to fruition, Bryan will be in Iowa City this weekend. This is a big need for the Hawkeyes because of the attrition at the position. 


Cooper reminds us a lot of Matt VandeBerg at the same stage of their careers and Iowa would love nothing more for that to be the final result. He was flipped from Central Michigan.


Smith was pursued by a couple of schools up until recently but credit to Iowa assistant Kelvin Bell for fighting it out and securing Smith's verbal pledge. 


Marchese is the latest Iowa commitment, the 15th of the class. He'll be a project wideout that they hope to groom in the next couple of years to be a productive weapon on the outside. 


Coons committed to the Hawkeyes early and never wavered. The Solon native could be a tight end or a linebacker and that likely won't be figured out until he arrives for Fall Camp.


Duwa has a defensive body right now but the Iowa staff has not ruled out a possible transition to the interior where he could be a defensive tackle. 


Epenesa provides the star power to the class. The five-star should be playing right away in Iowa City.


Kirkpatrick is another that could play a couple different positions. He could help where the need is at defensive tackle but Iowa has also mentioned offensive line to him as well. 


Nixon is a force at defensive tackle and was offered this week by Iowa. He will be in town and should become a Hawkeye assuming everything checks out off the field.


Wieland was also offered this week and is a quarterback from City High nearby the Iowa campus. He was offered as a linebacker and should commit to the Hawkeyes this weekend.


The long-time Iowa commit was recruited by a corner by the Hawkeye staff but he has some versatility to his game in a way where he could also produce as a safety.


The safety from the Kansas City area was one of the first Iowa commits of the 2017 class. He'll come in as a safety and have a chance to compete for playing time right away.


The defensive back from Pennsylvania was another prospect that was offered this week and should be committing to Iowa this weekend.


Iowa offered a punter for the 2017 class in Ryan Gersonde of Milwaukee. He'll be on campus and is expected to take one of the available scholarships in the cycle. 



Iowa still wants Ihmir Smith-Marsette of New Jersey to sign on the dotted line for them on Wednesday. He de-committed from Rutgers and could be the fourth receiver in the Iowa class. However, he'll be at Minnesota this weekend.


Another prospect Iowa hopes to sign on Wednesday is defensive back Trey Creamer of Cartersville, Georgia. He is currently committed to Minnesota but is not expected to sign with the Gophers. Creamer visited Iowa last weekend and will be at Rutgers this weekend.


Iowa has a great shot at landing Carmel, Indiana tight end Kurt Rafdal after his official visit a week ago. Nebraska hosted him the week prior. He was scheduled to visit LSU this weekend but we have confirmed that trip has been canceled. It'll be Iowa or Nebraska for his services, and it's close, but we do lean Iowa's way a bit at this time. 


Martin will be at Michigan and I believe that is where he will sign on Wednesday. The signs have pointed to the Wolverines for a while. You never say never but him signing with Iowa would be a shock. 

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