Iowa needed to replenish the secondary by using the 2017 class and they are doing just that. Despite already having Djimon Colbert, Camron Harrell, Matt Hankins, Joshua Turner and Trey Creamer in the fold, they've added another defensive back. Geno Stone of New Castle, Pennsylvania has been committed to Kent State and has heard from a lot of 'Power Five' programs lately but has decided to commit to Iowa following his official visit.
"I chose Iowa because it felt like home when I first stepped on campus," Stone said about his new commitment. "The final factor was what school would give me the best shot to reach my goals in life?"
Stone is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound safety prospect that hails from the same high school that produced Malik Hooker, the Ohio State safety that became an all-american this past season and is projected to be a top-10 pick in this year's NFL Draft. Stone pointed out to Scout earlier in the week that he knows Hooker very well and leans on him for guidance both on and off the field.
Before committing to Iowa, Stone was receiving plenty of interest from other 'Power Five' programs such as Michigan State, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
Stone discussed the Hawkeyes with Scout.
"I see my self fitting in perfect with the campus and players because it just felt right when I was with them," he shared. "(The Iowa coaches) told me I'm the type of player they win with and what type they want."
There's some vacancies at safety that could be gobbled up within the next several months before the season starts but it is believed that Stone will redshirt his first year at Iowa unless he is used to contribute on special teams. But for now, he's just enjoying knowing that he is headed to Iowa City for his college career.
"Hawkeye nation I'm coming home!"
Keep it locked with Scout as Iowa looks to fill more spots in the days leading up to National Signing Day on Wednesday. The Hawkeyes now have 19 commitments.