Iowa's class continues to grow in the final days leading up to National Signing Day. They hosted several official visitors over the weekend, including punter Ryan Gersonde. The Milwaukee native added an offer from Kirk Ferentz and company earlier in the week and quickly scheduled a trip to Iowa City.
A senior at Marquette University High, Gersonde is ranked as the nation's ninth best punter according to Kohl's Kicking. Iowa was not his only offer as he was also issued a scholarship by Wyoming. Other schools looked into him as well including Illinois, Michigan, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Gersonde got the nod for the Iowa offer when they were combing the country for what specialist to add to the class. Other prospects considered were Ryan Stonehouse of California, Joe Doyle of Tennessee and Brad Robbins of Columbus, Ohio.
Once he signs on Wednesday, Gersonde will be the third specialist for Iowa to hold a scholarship offer. He'll join kicker Mick Ellis and long snapper Tyler Kluver. The Hawkeyes will not look to add a kicker in this cycle after bringing in starter Keith Duncan and back-up Caleb Shudak a year ago. They also have another one on the roster that has experience in Miguel Recinos.
In terms of the punter situation in Iowa City, they were intent on adding one to the class after the graduation of Ron Coluzzi. Coluzzi had a fantastic season but exhausted his only year of eligibility at Iowa. He was a grad transfer from Central Michigan. Other punters on the roster include Colten Rastetter and Jackson Terry. With a scholarship in hand, Gersonde should have the inside track to be the starter when play resumes in the Fall.