Signed: Iowa DB Geno Stone

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COMMIT DATE: January 31, 2017


EVALUATION: Stone is physical, especially in the passing game between the hash marks. He breaks well on the ball and tracks it well. He is physical coming up in the running game and does a good job with his form tackles. Stone does a nice job of driving on the ball when the play is in front of him. Once he gets a little lower in his backpedal, he will transition into turning and running much easier. - Northeast Analyst Brian Dohn

RECRUITMENT: He wasn't overly recruited and that resulted in him committing to Kent State initially and that held until the final weeks of Signing Day. From New Castle, Pennsylvania, Stone began receiving increased interest from Michigan State and Iowa. In the earlier stages of recruitment, he was looked at some by Penn State and Pittsburgh. The Spartans nearly offered but the Hawkeyes did. Stone then took an official visit to Iowa which was culminated by him flipping his pledge from the Golden Flashes to Iowa earlier this week. 

OUTLOOK: Unless they see him as someone that they need to contribute on special teams right away, I think Stone redshirts. I think a safety from this class will play right away but I'm not too convinced it will be Stone. He's not as physically developed as Colbert. But the secondary is a wide open slate with the amount of playing time that will be available. Stone will have an opportunity to show that he deserves to play right away but I think he'll be one of the guys in the secondary that takes a redshirt year. 


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