Score one for the good guys.
Less than two months after he first committed to P.J. Fleck, and less than a month after he decommitted from P.J. Fleck, Illinois-based defensive tackle Noah Shannon announced his new commitment to Iowa on Tuesday afternoon:
— S H A N Z O (@noah_shannon40) July 4, 2017
Shannon received three-star grades from all the major services, and his offer sheet is impressive and diverse: Michigan State, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, Washington State, and a bunch of lower-tier Big Ten and mid-major programs. You know, like Minnesota. And when Kirk Ferentz, Mark Dantonio, Bret Bielema and Bronco Mendenhall are all in on a guy, you can expect a certain mentality; in Shannon's case, it translates into a highlight video with more suplexes than a Brock Lesnar match.
What does Shannon mean for Iowa's defense, though? To be honest, he's an odd target for Iowa, which generally builds defensive tackles out of linebackers and defensive ends in Chris Doyle's Frankenstein lab rather than recruit ready-made interior tackles. Shannon is somewhere between 6'0" and 6'2" and weighs between 285 and 305 pounds. Iowa hasn't signed a defensive tackle of that size since Nathan Bazata in 2013.
It seems unlikely that Shannon's commitment marks a shift in Iowa's defensive line philosophy, especially with Phil Parker and Reese Morgan still fully entrenched at the helm. Rather, this is likely an acknowledgement that Iowa can build from a large high school defensive end, as proven by Bazata and Carl Davis before him. In Bazata's case, there wasn't much work for Doyle to do. With Davis, it took years to turn him into the destroyer of worlds he eventually became. There's no telling what the future holds for Shannon, but hey, it could always be worse. He could be in Minnesota.
Welcome to the program, Mr. Shannon. It's always a great day to be a Hawkeye.