As we reported on Saturday, Iowa is moving on from the 2009 recruiting class and set its sights on '10 and beyond. Devon Archie, Cully Payne, Eric May and Brennan Cougill will join the Hawkeye returnees to make up the 2009-10 squad.
Iowa worked hard on trying to get into some doors during the late signing period, but it seemed like their targets were leaning towards other institutions by the time the Hawkeyes were able to get involved. They chose not to pursue any of the prospects that they felt were borderline Big Ten talent.
The Malcolm Armstead saga didn't help. I really think that Chipola coach Greg Heiar might have done more harm than good to the Hawks in this recruiting episode. In talking with a source from outside of Iowa, the Armsteads were not very happy with the junior college coach.
Malcolm expressed some interested in getting back involved with Iowa after he canceled his visit last month, but the Hawkeyes did not feel comfortable further pursing the point guard. I know this probably sounds like spin, but if Iowa learned anything from the transfers the last few years, finding a good fit is very important going forward.
There remains a chance that Iowa could bring in a transfer from a four-year school that would attend the university while sitting out year in accordance with NCAA rules. The Hawkeyes are keeping their minds open to that possibility, although they're not targeting anyone in particular from the current "free agent" pool. .
Here are some more recruiting tidbits:
-Harrison Barnes, the No. 1 player in the Class of '10 according to Scout.com, surprised some folks in Hawkeye Nation this week when he released a Top 12 list that didn't include Iowa. This was not a slap in the face to the in-state school. The Ames High product had long ago told the Hawks that they weren't in the picture.
-Iowa will host talented '10 guard Ben Brust and his family this Tuesday and Wednesday. Iowa sits in good shape with the combo guard that averaged over 30 points a game last season. He played on the same AAU team - The Illinois Rising Stars - as '09 Hawkeye signee, Cully Payne. Stars Coach Mike Weinstein has a strong relationship with Hawk Assistant Chad Walthall.
Brust has indicated to Iowa that he quite possibly could get his decision made before the end of July. That would seem to work in the Hawks' favor, as other teams are coming after him.
Brust received a Northwestern offer this week after holding ones from Iowa, Davidson, Southern Illinois and some other high mid-majors. Word is that Stanford could be close to offering and Virginia could come with an offer after the July evaluation period.
-Iowa has three offers out in the '10 class. In addition to Brust, Cody Larson is a verbal commitment and Sioux City Heelen's Zach McCabe is holding an offer. The Hawks could very well offer legacy Roy Marble, a star in the Detroit area. They're trying to gauge his interest.
Iowa likely will hand out three scholarships in the '10 class and possibly four. It would ecstatic if that threesome was Larson, Brust and McCabe.
-Speaking of McCabe, it looks like he'll wait until at least late summer before he pulls the trigger. The Heelen star grew up a Hawkeye fan and could follow good friend and high school teammate Cougill to Iowa City, but he likes Notre Dame a lot as well. The Irish are recruiting him but have yet to offer. That's whom the Hawks might need to beat to grab McCabe, whose stock is rising and he probably will turn more heads this summer.
-Iowa also is working hard on '11 recruit Chasson Randle from Rock Island, Ill., but they face an uphill battle. The combo guard is receiving attention and offers from top schools in the Midwest, including favorite Illinois. He is a big Illini fan as is his father.
-Some fans were wondering if former Cedar Rapids Kennedy Star Kaylon Williams would land at Iowa when he announced this spring that he was leaving Evansville after his freshman season to be closer to home. He ended up enrolling at Kirkwood, where he'll play this season.
Word is that it's probably a long shot that Williams ends up at Iowa.
-The '11 class in Iowa lacks a lot of high-end talent, which might be OK for Iowa, who might only sign two players in that year. The Hawks have some feelers out on a few kids in Minnesota, but really are waiting until the end of the summer to see how the '10 class is shaping up to show needs for the following class.
-Iowa is going hard for instate kids in the '12 class. It's expected to be one of the better crops to come through the state in quite a few years.
Wesley Staten already is a verbal to ISU out of Sioux City. Iowa is in on a couple of other top talents from that area in Adam Woodbury (East High) and Mike Gessel (South Sioux City, NE). Marcus Paige from Linn-Mar is another player on which to keep an eye as is Cedar Falls' James Harrington. Iowa likes all four guys.