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The Iowa-Iowa State game will bring some top recruits to Kinnick Stadium this weekend. Hawkeye Insider breaks down the group.

Iowa CITY, Iowa - It's always a big deal when rival Iowa State comes to Iowa City. Saturday, the stakes also are high off of the field with a collection of top recruits in town.

The group includes verbal commitments in the 2013 class. There also are uncommitted seniors and juniors expected in Kinnick Stadium.

Maryland running back Rachid Ibrahim was supposed to be making his official visit to Iowa this weekend. He said via text that he would not be coming to Iowa City this weekend and would need to reschedule the trip. He's currently considering Iowa, Boston College and Pittsburgh.

Here's a list of guys who I've been able to confirm are planning to be on campus for the Cy-Hawk showdown:


Ross Pierschbacher, OL, Cedar Falls (Iowa) - The class of 2014 product has been to Iowa on several other occasions. He is a prime target for the Hawkeyes as well as others like Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of whom have offered scholarships.

Dominique Booth, WR, Indianapolis - Also a '14 member, the smooth Booth will be making his second trip to Iowa City in the last two months. He reports offers from Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, Wisconsin and Illinois, among others. The Hawkeyes have a connection here with '13 verbal David Kenney being a teammate of Booth's at Pike High.

Allen Lazard, WR, Urbandale (Iowa) - Pierschbacher and the talented Lazard are the top targets in the '14 class for Iowa and Iowa State. Lazard's father played for the Cyclones. Allen also holds an offer from Nebraska.

Keegan Render, OL, Indianola (Iowa) - The 315-pound prep junior picked up an Iowa offer during the summer. Render is believed to be the second in-state player in his class to receive an Iowa offer. Pierschbacher was the first.

Jay Scheel, QB/WR, Union High (La Porte City, Iowa) - The fourth in-state '14 class member thought to have an Iowa offer, the shifty Scheel helped his school win a state championship as a sophomore. Scheel also reports an offer from Nebraska. He attended one of the Hawkeyes open practices in August.


David Kenney, DE, Indianapolis, - The first verbal pledge in his class, the four-star end has been to Iowa City quite a few times. With his father being hired at Indiana this offseason (after his son's commitment), it's great to see David back in town. It's also the second time in row that he's visited at the same time as did Booth.

John Kenny, LB, Carmel (IN) High - One of the things that makes it easier for Kenney to get to Iowa City is that his great friend Kenny also loves the campus. There are Hoosier fans and commitments tweeting at them. Kenney, Kenny and Booth sounds like a law firm.

Malik Rucker, DB, Robbinsdale Cooper High (New Hope, MN) - Iowa State was one of Rucker's top schools before he picked the Hawkeyes. He also reported offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, NC State and others. The Hawkeyes have lost some recruits to the Golden Gophers in recent years so it's encouraging that he'll be making another trip to Iowa City. He last was here in July with the Indianapolis trio.

Trevon Young, LB, Des Moines Lincoln High - The outstanding athlete from the South Side currently is sidelined by suspension. He has not heard about that changing the status of his Hawkeye pledge. It's probably a good sign that the Iowa coaches want him in town on such a big weekend. He's a good one and chose Iowa over the Cyclones.

Nic Shimonek, QB, Mildred High (Corsicana, TX) - The signal caller of the class will visit campus with his father, but it's his mother who is the native Iowan. The 6-foot-4, 188-pound Nic was unranked when he verballed to the Hawkeyes. Now, he a three-star prospect and the 60th-rated QB in his class according to

Jon Wisnieski, TE, Dowling Catholic (W. Des Moines, Iowa) - After leading the top-ranked Maroons against a tough Ankeny team Friday night, the Hawkeye verbal will drop buy Kinnick. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder is's No. 23 TE nationally in the '13 class.

Trev Hadachek, WR/DB, Union High - Another key member of the state title team, the coach's son plays with a reckless abandon and is a deceptively skilled football player. Iowa doesn't have many more scholarships to give out in this class provided all of its verbals stick through signing day, but Hadachek still is a Hawkeye player of interest. Iowa State also likes him.

Note: None of the players in town this weekend are believed to be on an official visit, at least on the football side…

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery welcomes to Iowa City E.C. Matthews. Here's a story on the 2013 MI combo guard visiting.

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