Hawks Gain Visit from Oklahoma Commitment
Ryan Schuler surprised many earlier this fall with an early commitment to Oklahoma. Now after making a smart decision in checking out his options, Iowa will be his first visit. Schuler has continued to say it is not very likely that he would go anywhere but OU, but stranger events have occurred in Iowa City. HTO.com isn't saying you should bank on anything, but the Hawks will be prepared to roll out the red carpet this weekend for a prospect who has been one of their top five priorities since last spring.
A Flurry of Skill Position Athletes Set to Invade
Gaining a solid tailback and wide receiver would help propel this class to the next level. That is exactly the Hawks hopes this weekend in hosting Brian Dennison, Albert Young, Tyler Fanucchi, Bryan Baldwin, and James Townsend.
The Hawks are facing very tough competiton for Dennison, and are not likely to pull Young away from Wisconsin. There is hope that a very good visit from Townsend could help sway Young into joining his home state native in coming to Iowa. Likely, the staff will not know their fate with landing a tailback for another week or two. That also includes prospect Terry Washington.
Wide Receiver is a different story this weekend with both Tyler Fanucchi and James Townsend being excellent candidates to be Hawkeyes. HTO.com feels very confident, due to the sources we have spoken to, that Fanucchi will likely give the Hawks a verbal this weekend. Townsend loves the potential opporunity to star next year at Iowa, and could make a decision as soon as he returns home. Baldwin has not yet been offered by the Hawks. An offer is likely only going to be extended if the Hawks feel Townsend will go elsewhere. Do not expect more than two WR's to be signed, at the most. Therefore, with Fannucchi and Townsend being the top two prospects currently, they will take a wait and see approach with Baldwin.
Landing two receivers would give the Hawks some comfort in knowing they could potentially move Grigsby to corner or Chandler to tight end, if needed.
Who is Issac Redman???
According to many he is slated to be the next Hawkeye verbal. While HTO.com received contrary reports on whether Redman was indeed visiting this weekend, Paulsboro school officials have confirmed his visit. Issac also can be classified as a tailback, but the Hawks may be exploring play on the opposite side of the ball. With the staff not likely to turn down Dennison or Albert Young if they chose Iowa, could the staff have Redman in mind as more of an athlete?
Will Andrew Weatherly Ever Visit???
Weatherly has been very quiet on his end for the past couple months. What HTO.com has been able to gather from sources at Sussex Central High School (Georgetown, DE) is that an announcement of some sorts is being made tomorrow. Right now, Maryland is considered the favorite with Oregon and Iowa tagging behind. Weatherly has not yet visited the Hawks, will the announcement be his decision or possibly news of other sorts?
Is Michael Turner Visiting???
HTO.com was all but ready to publish this report with Michael Turner's name on the list.......UNTIL......we received information from Dunbar Head Coach Bob Jones that Turner's visit was at best "tentative" now. In fact, he informed us it was less than likely to happen. Turner has an upcoming visit to Wisconsin scheduled, and very well could be joining teammate Ernest Mason and potentially Charleston Gray in Madison.
What if Jones Elects to go Elsewhere?
Iowa has a few fallback options in mind in case that scenario could play out. Mike Alvarez, Charleston Gray, and Walter Walker are all three guys that could be called upon for a visit late in January. The staff is intent on signing one or two more(depending on other positions) offensive linemen in this class. Also, remember with a potential Richard Kittrell commitment, the chances of seeing Alex Willcox or George Eshareturi, on the offensive line will have improved.