Recruiting News & Notes

HawkeyeNation.com Recruiting Analyst Josh Clark checks in to offer multiple recruiting tidbits to fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes in this Recruiting News and Notes feature, exclusive to HawkeyeNation subscribers.

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Tidbit #1: I want to start off by saying the commitment of quarterback Marvin McNutt came as a pleasant surprise to many, and I'm guessing the same could be said for the Hawkeye coaching staff. Back in May, there were worries regarding whether Iowa was taking too much of a risk in having only one offer out at quarterback, and that being to McNutt, but it certainly paid dividends. There may not be a more ideal quarterback prospect in this class than McNutt for the Hawkeyes. There may not be a quarterback in this entire country that possesses upside than McNutt, and the fact he will a few years away from being ready to see the field fits into Iowa's plans perfectly. Taking nothing away from the other commitments, but I have to believe McNutt is the one that created the most excitement in Iowa City.

Tidbit #2: The Iowa Hawkeyes signed two prospects from St. Louis last year, and I expect they will try to sign more than McNutt from the area this year. The next prospect on the list that I would imagine is receiving the most interest would be Lamark Brown of Hazelwood West. Despite his commitment to Kansas State, it is widely believed he will take official visits this fall, and if the Hawkeyes decide to pursue, I believe Iowa very well could end up as one of those visits. Last not but least, it is safe to say that Iowa has some fans within the Hazelwood West athletic department, as well.

Tidbit #3: Regarding the Hazelwood East duo of Thomas Merriweather and William Anderson, I would not scratch either off Iowa's board at this time. Merriweather very well could receive an offer in the fall, and the same could hold true for Anderson, especially if the Hawkeyes are to miss out on Henry Hynoski.

Tidbit #4: It would seem to many that Iowa currently has a lot of offers extended to linebacker prospects, and the assumption would be that the Hawkeyes are looking to sign two more linebackers. Beyond that number, though, Iowa is continuing the trend of recruiting versatility, which is evident in prospects Broderick Binns and Michael Keck, among others. Binns is in the mold of Howard Hodges, and Iowa would love to have that speed rusher off the edge, similar to what they had with Hodges. Keck is a great athlete, and very well could remain at weak side linebacker, in a Greenway fashion, but with Tyler Nielsen already committed, the Hawks must feel confident he has room in the shoulders and hips to become a defensive end. To land Binns and Keck as potential ends would be quite a duo.

Tidbit #5: When Tyler Sash returns from AAU competition later this month, don't be surprised to see his commitment to Iowa come within days. I'm not up-to-date on the current interest he's receiving in basketball, but if it were just a football only decision, he's a lock to Iowa. From all I know, Iowa appears set on playing him at safety, but remember that was the same plan for Ed Hinkel. If Sash does indeed play safety, and Iowa is able to land Jordan Bernstine, you are looking at potential in-state duo in the defensive backfield a few years down the road.

Tidbit #6: If the right prospects come calling, there is no doubt Iowa would be willing to sign three to four cornerbacks in this class. Right now, three prospects with known offers that remain high on Iowa's board are Chris Rucker, Diauntae Morrow, and Abe Satterfield. Iowa would seem the likely destination for Satterfield given their success in Erie, and also appears to be in very good shape for Morrow. Rucker wants to play offense, but Hawkeye fans should await his visit to Iowa City before determining Iowa's chances.


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