As promised, site content the last seven days was more balanced between football and basketball recruiting. It's been nice to see the increased attention being paid to hoops with a new coaching staff, but we feel like we've caught up, for the most part, on some directions they'll be looking in the next few classes.
Football recruiting has heated up as we close in on summer and prospects decide on unofficial visits and camping at schools. We've received three verbal commitments so far and I'd expect to see that total at least double in the next month or two as the trend of guys making decisions earlier in the process continues.
One of the areas I'm most interested to follow is the pursuit of a quarterback (or two). We currently have three known offers out to 2011 signal callers - Braxton Miller (Ohio), Cardale Jones (Ohio), and Jacob Rudock (Fla.).
Let's lop Miller from the list. I love being optimistic but also like to sprinkle in some reality. He's Scout's top-rated quarterback in the country for the class and can pick his spot. Him choosing Iowa would be well beyond an upset.
I've spoken with Jones and have felt all along that he will give us serious consideration. He's really done his due diligence through the process and I believe has approached it with the idea that it's not only the name on the front of the jersey but how he fits into a program.
Miller's decision could impact that of Jones. If Miller picks Ohio State, Jones would have to think hard about joining the Buckeyes, who still would have to offer.
Jones finished his junior season with over 2,500 yards passing for 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for over 500 yards and six touchdowns.
It sounds like the Hawkeyes could miss out on Christian Suntrup. It recently was reported that he's closing in on a decision and Iowa hasn't offered him.
Sometimes timing plays a bigger role in recruiting than some of us might believe. I feel Iowa is receiving enough good vibes from Jones that it doesn't want to upset the pursuit from the top of its board down. The coaches don't feel good enough about Suntrup to offer and perhaps have him commit, thus potentially upsetting the Jones' apple cart.
One thing is for sure, we need a quarterback or two in this class. A.J. Derby and Austin Vier are the only scholarship quarterbacks signed in the last two groups and the jury is still out on whether or not they'll stay at the position.
One name on which to keep an eye is Iowa City High quarterback Andrew McNulty. He takes over the reigns for the defending state champs from Derby.
Indiana visited City High to speak with McNulty during the last open period. He played safety last season with Derby under center and started on the sophomore team at QB during his freshman season.
-Iowa City Press-Citizen basketball beat writer Pat Harty posted a recruiting blog on Thursday after speaking with Hoopmasters.com's Van Coleman. Coleman indicated that the Hawkeye coaches are looking at a few more JUCO players in the 2010 Class.
I heard early on from some folks closer to the program than am I (which ain't real close right now) that McCaffery was upset with how much of their recruiting information was out for public consumption. He's apparently taken some measures to curb it.
One of the downsides of the information being out there is that it might set up fans for disappointment if we don't land the bigger targets. If we whiff on Eric Katenda and Devin Coleman but end up with Josh Oglesby and Jarrod Uthoff, would that be a letdown for you? It would be to some folks.
Jermey McCray from Cloud Community College in Concordia, KS, could be one of Van's unnamed prospects. His Rivals profile shows that Iowa, Marquette and UCLA are the schools in which he's most interested, but it's hard to know when the last time the page was updated.
Another guy on the radar is J.T. Thomas, a post-graduate point guard working out at the IMG Academies in Florida. Here's a Video of him.
McCaffery has been quoted a few times in the last several weeks saying that he'll sign one or two more recruits in the Class of 2010.
At this time, we have three scholarships available for 2010 with one more opening when Jarryd Cole graduates after next season. That could change.
I'm hearing that the attrition on the roster inherited by McCaffery might not have ended with the exits of Aaron Fuller, Cody Larson and Ben Brust. That's as far as I can go with that for now. Stay tuned.