Recruiting 101: 2004 Class Recruiting Begins

The Iowa Hawkeyes have plenty to work with after their Orange Bowl berth and Big Ten Championship when hitting the recruiting trails this spring. provides an early glimpse of some of their early targets. There are a few Hawkeye connections involved, including the offering of one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Would he consider following his cousin, a Heisman Trophy candidate, to Iowa City? You can take that to the Banks!

The Hawkeyes did themselves well this recruiting season with the signing of two quarterbacks, Drew Tate and Eric McCollom. With both a bit undersized, though, expect the Hawks to scout the nation next year for an elite quarterback. Who are there top choices?

  • starts with Columbia Rock Bridge QB Chase Patton. The 6'5 gunslinger is one of the early favorites to be invited to this summer's Elite 11 QB (I will be in attendance). His head coach, AJ Ofodile, played TE for the Baltimore Ravens at the same time Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and WR Coach Lester Erb were on the staff. Do not be surprised to see an offer come from Iowa very shortly, but the Missouri Tigers may have the edge in this race.
  • Iowa will be looking hard at two midwest quarterbacks in Minneapolis Breck's Liam O'Hagen and Oak Lawn Richard's Sean Lewis. Liam is an unknown nationally at this time, but expect his name to climb steadily among lists after summer camps. Iowa, of course, signed OL Mike Jones this past month from Richards, and will keep a close eye out on Lewis.
  • saved the potential best for last in QB Brent Schaeffer of Deerfield Beach High School in Florida. The 6'3 190 quarterback, who timed at 4.68 in last spring's Nike camp, is the cousin of Hawkeye QB and Heisman Runner-Up Brad Banks. He threw for 2,475 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for 765 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.

The Hawks will have a hard time deciphering their top linebacker prospects. There are that many! Several good candidates are in Iowa, including LB Maurice Cantrell, ATH Nick Frere, LB/DE Grant McCracken, and LB/DE Nick Foxen, Iowa may not have to leave the state to wrap up its efforts. Not to mention, the verbal commitment of Matt Kroul already secured.

One player who may cause the Hawks to look outside Iowa is Bolingbrook's Kyle Williams. A good friend of Hawkeye signee, A.J. Johnson, Kyle is being projected early as one of the nation's elite backers.

The Iowa name is already prominent among the many top offensive linemen across the country. That includes Miami Edison's Jacky Claude, Chippewa Valley Michigan's Jordan Summers, Arlington Bowie's Tyler Dool, and Bethlehem, PA's Ryan Ehrie (6'7 290).

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