Hot Five Iowa Recruiting Targets

The Iowa Hawkeyes have not extended many scholarship offers thus far in the Class of 2007. While not many are likely to be extended until their summer camps are completed, don't be surprised to see a few pop up here and there during the May Evaulation period. Here are five players that we believe have a good shot at receiving a Hawkeye offer before camp, or at least, are players deserving of moving up the Hawkeye target list.

Wide Receiver David Gilreath
The top wide out in the state of Minnesota in 2006, Gilreath (6'1 175) played his junior season at Minneapolis Washburn. He transferred after the season to Plymouth Robbinsdale-Armstrong where he'll play his senior season. Already holding an offer from the instate Gophers, Gilreath is a virtual unknown to many around the Midwest, but not Iowa. He will be a participant in the Scout.com All-American Combine this weekend and could have plenty of chance to showcase his ability against players, such as Jerimy Finch, Cedric Everson, Marcus Thomas, Quentin Moten, and Jordan Bernstine.

Defensive Tackle Demetrius Davis
I first brought his name to the attention of fans last week, but Saint Joseph, Missouri (Benton) defensive tackle Demetrius Davis (6'4 280) is quickly emerging among many recruiting boards, including Iowa's. There is a good chance he will be on hand at the combine this weekend, and if so, rumblings I have gathered from several are he could easily be the top defensive tackle on hand, if he performs to his capabilities. Don't be surprised to see Iowa offer sooner rather than later.

Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman Andy Gilmore
A teammate of the aforementioned Davis, Saint Joseph Benton lineman Andy Gilmore (6'1 290) is also receiving quite a bit of interest as of late from the Hawkeyes. According to his head coach, Derek Wilson, he believes Gilmore is likely better suited on the offensive side of the ball at center or guard. In his opinion, Gilmore is best suited in a 3-4 defense if used at tackle, to stuff the two gap. However, Iowa is not like other schools and doesn't concern themselves with height at defensive tackle. Gilmore is as explosive off the line as any you'll find in the Midwest, and he could be on his way to a Hawkeye offer as well.

Free Safety Brian Peters
One of the top defensive prospects in the state of Ohio, Pickerington Central's Brian Peters has been a hot target of Hawkeye assistant Phil Parker the past month. It appears the Hawkeyes are in great need of a free safety in the Class of 07', and Peters is one candidate sure to receive heavy interest.

Defensive End Kevin Thomsen
Elkhorn, Nebraska defensive end Kevin Thomsen is likely to receive as much Hawkeye interest in the month of May as any prospect in the state of Nebraska. A converted linebacker, Thomsen will play his first season at defensive end as a senior, the position where all colleges are projecting him. He will perform at defensive end this Saturday, and you can expect him to be at Iowa's camp later this summer. As a sophomore, he was the state power lifting champion in the 242-pound weight division (Holds state dead lift record at 515 lbs).

As of right now, both Gilreath and Thomsen are confirmed participants in the Scout.com All-American Combine this Saturday in Iowa City. Davis, Gilmore, and Peters are all tentatively scheduled, and are likely to confirm at some point on Thursday.

HawkeyeNation.com & Scout.com will be providing complete coverage of this event in the days, weeks and months to come.


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