Iowa Set for Huge Recruiting Weekend

While the Iowa Men's basketball team hosts the Gazette Challenge this weekend, Kirk Ferentz and his staff members will be hard at work hosting and entertaining some of the finest football prospects in the nation. HawkeyeNation.com & Insiders recruiting analyst Josh Clark provides us with the names of this week's official visitors and he talks about all seven players in this football recruiting roundup.

QB Chase Patton: The Hawks will have a battle on their hands this weekend in hosting their top rated quarterback. Patton had a very good visit to Tennessee last weekend, and it appears the Volunteers have made a strong move to the top of his list. Both Iowa and Missouri are expected to give it their all in making this a dog fight until Patton announces his decision. One interesting factor might be if Iowa plays Tennessee in the Outback Bowl as is expected.

WR Josh Morgan: The prep school receiver will be in town this weekend looking for a scholarship offer. I would not expect an offer this weekend, but Morgan appears to be next in line if the Hawks are not successful in their recruitment of Jarrett, Arrington, and Vaughn.

DE Ronald Talley: This Detroit product is one of the best defensive ends in the Big Ten region. Talley has the size, explosiveness, and athleticism that many schools envy off the edge. The Hawks are in good shape, but it will be tough to beat the home state Spartans for his signature. A commitment from Talley would be great in establishing a nice connection to the Detroit area.

DE/DT Nij Adjei Oninku: The Hawks have been on this Clayton, Ohio prospect since last spring and are good shape to receive a commitment at some point this month. Oninku is a very physical prospect that may not rank with the others in his ability to explode off the edge, but his physical style may end up leading to him becoming a defensive tackle.

LB Kyle Williams: The biggest commitment for the Hawks to this point, Kyle has been nothing but great for Iowa's recruiting efforts. The rumors over a possible de-commitment turned out to be just that; rumors. Williams looks to be a key fixture to the Hawkeye defense for the next four years.

CB Charles Godfrey: The former teammate of Hawkeye quarterback Drew Tate and product of Baytown head coach Dick Olin (who is Tate's father), the Hawks are in very good shape for this corner with great size and speed. In fact, this is the one prospect I would not be shocked to see make a commitment this weekend. However, Missouri is still recruiting Godfrey hard for a visit the following weekend.

JUCO CB Walner Belleus: Walner has been told by the Hawkeye coaches he is a must get in this class as the Hawks try to build some immediate depth for next year at cornerback. At first, it appeared Belleus would likely be headed back down south to one of the SEC programs, but his transcripts would not have allowed him to enroll into the SEC until next May. Therefore, Iowa and Kansas State are the big players to this point, and Walner would be eligible to be a mid-year transfer to participate in spring practice.


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