When Penn State and Iowa take the field this weekend, it'll be the first time that these teams have faced each other since the 2012 season. Penn State has won the last two games between the two teams (38-14 in 2012 and 13-3 in 2011).
Here's a closer look at some of the recruiting battles that have gone on between Penn State and Iowa.
PENN STATE VS. IOWA: CLASS RANKINGS
Here is a look at the current and past class rankings for both schools. Note: the recruits are currently committed to these schools.
2017 Class- Current Class
Total star average: 3.36
Five-star recruit: 1
Three-star recruits: 11
Total star average: 3.13
Total star average: 3.40
Total star average: 2.92
Four-star recruits: 13
Three-star recruits: 12
Total star average: 3.52
Three-star recruits: 10
Total star average:
PENN STATE VS. IOWA - CURRENT PLAYERS
PENN STATE STARTERS/KEY SUBS THAT ALSO HAD AN IOWA OFFER
Brian Gaiai - Offensive Lineman
Cameron Brown - Linebacker
Manny Bowen - Linebacker
Malik Golden - Safety
IOWA STARTERS/KEY SUBS THAT ALSO HAD A PENN STATE OFFER
James Daniels - Offensive Lineman
PENN STATE VS. IOWA - CURRENT COMMITS
Iowa commits with Penn State offers - 0
Penn State commits with Iowa offers - 1 - Mac Hippenhammer
"Fort Wayne receiver Mac Hippenhammer is another target that has seemed to rise up the board for the Hawkeyes. They offered him and have continued to pursue him, even after ending their chase of other wideouts such as Maurice Bell of California and Shamond Greenwood of Texas. Hippenhammer's speed is a definite draw to his game. Penn State and Michigan State are also threats to land him. Despite a recent visit to Iowa City, look out for the Nittany Lions here." - Derek Young, Hawkeye Insider (August 4, 2016).
NFL Draft Scout has listed the top NFL prospects on each team on their website. FightOnState.com takes a look at their top-rated prospects for each player and their graduating class. Keep in mind that there's always a possibility that a player declares for the draft before their senior season.
Brandon Bell - outside linebacker - No. 19
Marcus Allen - free safety - No. 6
Saquon Barkley - running back - No. 1
George Kittle - tight end - No. 14
C.J. Beathard - quarterback - No. 4
Cole Croston - offensive tackle - No. 16
Jaleel Johnson - defensive tackle - No. 5
Desmond King - cornerback - No. 1
Sean Welsh - center - No. 4
James Daniels - offensive guard - No. 10