Best Guess: Projecting Iowa's '05 Recruiting Class

<p>The fall is now upon us and there is plenty of excitement over Hawkeye Football. TheInsiders Midlands Recruiting Scout Josh Clark gives a look ahead as to what he expects from Iowa's Class of 2005. Going position by position, other than quarterback where Jake Christensen is already committed, Josh will provide how many prospects at each position he expects to be signed and what prospects he envisions signing a letter of intent with Iowa come February.

Running Back:
Iowa will give at least two scholarships to this position with a possible third even going out. Iowa wants at least one true running back, and will look to sign one or two more skill players that can play the position or perhaps move elsewhere. I believe Iowa will land Corey Robertson who will give them another Jeremy Allen option in one back sets. There are a few other prospects Iowa will keep an eye on, but the most desired back on the Hawkeye board is Kestahn Moore.

Wide Receiver:
Iowa will sign at least one more at this position, and possibly two if they are able to land a big-time option. Iowa wants a player who can stretch the field and presents the option of making a big play at anytime. Jessie Hester certainly is a prospect that fits that mold, and Iowa also has its eyes on Greg Orton with his combination of size and athleticism. Iowa will try hard to gain a visit from Butler JC wide receiver Frantz Hardy, who has the talent to come in and immediately compete for a starting job. Either way, this will be the best receiver class that Iowa has signed since Coach Ferentz arrived.

Tight End:
As I have stated over and over again, Iowa will sign two at this position and right now there are offers out to Anthony Moeaki, Chase Coffman, James Dray, and Richard Quinn. The last two years, Iowa has struck out with its top options, but I expect Iowa to be able to land two of their top four targets this year if success continues on the field. However, like last year with Brandon Myers, there is no ill-feeling about offering Kyle Spading, if needed, and Iowa may even pull the trigger sooner than expected if he shows it on film. Spading was VERY impressive at the summer camp and even 'out-performed' Trent Flander.

Offensive Line:
Iowa will sign three to four more prospects at this position with Dan Doering, Dace Richardson, and David Moosman obviously being the big targets. I expect Iowa to land at least one of those three, and honestly I feel confident about even landing two or possibly all three. I said three or four because Andy Kuempel is very high on the Hawkeyes' board, and just has to prove he can play the position in games as he did at the summer camp. Kuempel has stated to me that he will more than show his aggression, which is the main concern with him being labeled 'just a basketball player', in his first couple games. From everything I'm hearing, Iowa will not offer Matt Pipho unless things fall apart in their recruitment of 'the big three'.

Defensive Line:
There was a lot of speculation Iowa would look to the JUCO route, but with Ted Bentler and Matt Kroul both having moved inside to defensive tackle, Iowa feels good about its future. Iowa does want to sign a quick end, much in the mold of Howard Hodges, which appears to be Rahkeem Smith. Raymond Henderson remains the top prospect on the board, but Iowa knows they will have tough competition. There was a lot of fluff on Iowa's involvement with both line prospects out of Philadelphia, including Derrell Hand, but from what I have heard, Iowa will not be recruiting those two heavily this fall. I believe you could see a name in Texas pop up at defensive tackle with the pool of talent available down there, and Iowa is also giving a strong look to Alex Magee from Oswego, Illinois if he can improve his academics. Walker Ashley made a call into Iowa City this summer asking of the Hawks interest. An Iowa offer would put them in his top five and Iowa would likely receive an official visit. Iowa just wants to see Ashley play every until the whistle is blown on every snap, but I wouldn't be surprised to see an Iowa offer after the first couple games.

Linebacker:
The position is pretty set, but Iowa will still hold a scholarship open for Elijah Hodge if he decides he wants to come to Iowa. I also highly doubt a scholarship is taken away from Sean Lee as Iowa is very high on his ability, character, and work ethic, and obviously it doesn't hurt he attends the same high school as Coach Ferentz did. If Iowa does not land either of those two prospects, I do not expect to see them to sign anyone else.

Defensive Back:
This is the position I expect we will still hear a new name or two appear on the radar as was evident with Ryan Brinson earlier this summer. Iowa is really looking for players at the position, and Ohio may have another prospect or two Iowa keeps it eyes on. Also, if Brandon Harrison shows any suggestion he will consider a visit to Iowa, expect the Hawks to jump on the opporunity as he was the top prospect on the board the entire spring. I believe Iowa is pretty content with what it has at safety, especially considering the fact they can move Marcus Wilson to safety if needed. They will recruit Quinton Andrews out of Florida, but will be hard pressed to land a visit.


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