Derek's Take: Teams always look to take at least one quarterback and that will be no different in this class despite the fact that there will be none graduating from this spot. They'll grab one. They're in striking distance for a couple but nothing is imminent and there's still ones yet to be evaluated that could be added to their recruiting board.
Great Chance: N/A
In The Mix: Quincy Patterson, Devin Leary, Devin Black
Not Likely: Kevin Doyle, Artur Sitkowski, Cade Fortin
Derek's Take: Iowa only will lose Wadley after this year. That still leaves five backs but I wouldn't rule out possible attrition before or after the Fall.
Great Chance: Saybein Clark
In The Mix: Elijah Collins, Samson Evans, Jerome Ford
Not Likely: Lorenzo Lingard, Kirby Bennett, Ricky Slade, Markese Stepp
Derek's Take: They only lose VandeBerg but it's still in need of a talent infusion. I think two is the right number for this position, at least. Three might be excessive but it'll depend on how the season goes and future attrition.
Great Chance: I'Shawn Stewart
In The Mix: Reese Taylor, Tyrone Tracy, Micah Jones, Daniel George, Cameron Brown, Meechi Harris
Not Likely: Kamryn Babb, Drue Jackson, Jahan Dotson
Derek's Take: There's a couple that haven't performed on the field just yet so there's a little unknown here. Wisnieski graduates. Because they added Coons here in the 2017 class, they could get away with not signing one. I think they take one if it's the right one.
Great Chance: N/A
In The Mix: Brenden Bates
Not Likely: L'Christian Smith
Derek's Take: I have Wirfs as an interior lineman as of now but he could play tackle as well. Kallenberger is definitely a tackle. There's also still Levi Paulsen and Alaric Jackson but they do lose Boone Myers and Ike Boettger. There's a lot of bodies for the interior that will still be left as Sean Welsh will be the only one that graduates. They can be selective here and I think they can sign two and be okay, and best case scenario would be one tackle and one guard. Three is possible, though.
Great Chance: Carlos Vettorello
In The Mix: Jalen Mayfield, Trevor Downing, Will Farniok
Not Likely: Jack Carman
Committed: Jeff Jenkins
Derek's Take: A lot will depend what future attrition looks like but they have plenty of bodies at defensive end and nobody graduates. Bazata is the only one that departs at defensive tackle but they do have six others. Most of those are unproven. I think they probably need another defensive tackle, maybe two, in the class, and they could grab an end in this class depending on attrition and it being the right one.
Great Chance: John Waggoner, Noah Shannon
In The Mix: Alex Reigelsperger, Daniel Parker, Ronnie Perkins, Trevor Trout, Michael Thompson
Not Likely: Thomas Booker, Malik Vann, Justin Ademilola, Jayson Ademilola, Masry Mapieu, Taron Vincent, Aeneas Hawkins, Malcolm Lamar
Derek's Take: They do lose three linebackers in Jewell, Bower, and Niemann. But it's still pretty well-stocked because of the 2016 class. They'll have nine returning. Iowa may want to grab one or two here with one definitely projecting to inside linebacker.
Great Chance: N/A
In The Mix: Cameron McGrone, Jack Sanborn, James Miller, Antwuan Johnson
Not Likely: DeAndre Square
Committed: Mike Bruner
Derek's Take: They just brought in quite the haul in the secondary in the 2017 class, specifically six guys if Creamer ends up on defense, plus the addition of Noah Clayberg would make it seven. Only one is set to leave in Miles Taylor. I think they're set at safety but may want to add a couple corners, yet.
Great Chance: Tyrik Henderson, Dallas Craddieth
In The Mix: Mario Goodrich, Gregory Newsome
Not Likely: Ken Montgomery, A.J. Lytton, Isheem Young, Atanza Vongor
When looking at the numbers, I think this could be a smaller class than what we saw in both the 2016 and 2017 classes. I think the number here probably tops off at around 17-18. How they distribute those numbers is still a bit up in the air at some point but there's no positions that need to be substantially emphasized in the class. Looking at the numbers position by position and it really only commands a little here and a little there for the most part.
The names listed are just the ones that have been offered so far, and there will undoubtedly be prospects that sign on in this class that have yet to be listed. Only three in-state prospects have been offered so far and they are not among the two that have committed. Offensive guard Jeff Jenkins of Illinois and linebacker Mike Bruner of Wisconsin are the commitments.
I do think you see some action and some growing of the class throughout the Spring but nothing that is imminent. What is imminent I believe is that we see plenty of more offers in the next few months. Because it is a class with a limited number of spots, I do see a scenario where most of the 17-18 slots get filled up by the end of summer. It could be a lot like the 2016 group in that way. But they'll leave 3-4 spots available for late adds after they are able to evaluate some senior film and find some late bloomers like Iowa always love to do. They place a lot of value in that and a lot of value in athletes that are multi-sport athletes. Here's a rough estimate of what the numbers could look like position by position.
QB - 1
RB - 1/2
WR - 2/3
TE - 0/1
OL - 2/3
DL - 2/3
LB - 2/3
DB - 2/3