Iowa has made the city of St. Louis and the surrounding area a top priority in the 2018 recruiting class. It's a big year in the state of Missouri, an historic one in regards to both the quantity and quality of talent. A lot of that is located in St. Louis and the area as a whole, and also the Kansas City metro. The Hawkeye staff pinpointed that early on and started building bonds with many of those talented prospects early on.
It's beginning to pay off. They had a ton of their targets in the state of Missouri on hand for their first junior day at the beginning of March. One of those was linebacker Ayodele Adeoye, a three-star junior from Ritenour High.
Adeoye has not only collected an offer from Iowa, but also Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, LSU, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma plus a few other non power-five offers. The Hawkeyes took great advantage of their opportunity with him.
"It was a good visit," Adeoye said about his time in Iowa City. "It was good, I talked to all of the coaches. The coaching staff is what I like most about Iowa."
The main recruiter for Adeoye, like all of the Missouri targets for Iowa, is tight ends coach LeVar Woods. He has handled that area for a few years now and it's beginning to pay off and blossom. Woods deserves a lot of the credit for the Hawkeyes' presence and impact in St. Louis and Kansas City. They're newer areas for him but he's created strong bonds and uplifted Iowa's reputation in the region.
Adeoye explained some of his interaction with the Iowa coaches on the visit, and Woods in particular.
"They have said that I could come in early and be an impact guy from the start," he shared. "They have repeatedly said I would have a chance to play early. Coach Woods makes sure I know that especially. Iowa is a school I would be able to play early and they would win a lot of football games."
As far as narrowing down a list or separating a few schools as standing out, Adeoye hasn't been able to take that step in his process just yet. He's got a little more work to do before he can begin to differentiate schools.
"I wouldn't know of any favorites as of right now," he noted. "I don't know of any list or order I have. It'd be impossible to do. I have more schools to see first so that I can do some more comparing and to give myself more time to talk with coaches and find more out about them."