IOWA HAWKEYE FOOTBALL RECRUITING 2018: NEW HAWKEYE DEFENSIVE BACK JULIUS BRENTS

By RossWB on February 7, 2018 at 9:00 am
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Julius Brents

Defensive Back
Hometown (High School): Indianapolis, IN (Warren Central)
Height: 6'2
Weight: 179 lbs
247 Composite Ranking: 3-STARS, 31ST RANKED SAFETY
Other Offers: Michigan State, Purdue, Louisville, NC State, Cincinnati, Boston College, and more

Brents is part of the heavy Indianapolis flavor this recruiting class has for Iowa (along with fellow defensive back D.J. Johnson and receiver Tyrone Tracy, Jr.) and he's also one of the more exciting recruits in this class. While ESPN and 247 have him as a 3-star prospect, Rivals has him as a 4-star prospect and that seems justified when you watch his film or see stats like this: 

Four completions (and zero touchdowns) given up in three years as a starter seems hard to believe, but even if those numbers are a bit exaggerated, his coverage skills still seem very good. 

Aside from his coverage ability, which show great anticipation, strong ball skills, and good speed, his prowess in run support also stands out in those highlights. He's not afraid to get in on a tackle and he does a good job of wrapping up on most of his tackles, too (although there are a few flashy big hit tackle attempts included in there as well). There's a lot to like with his defensive skill set and he looks like he could probably develop into a good cornerback or safety for Iowa under Phil Parker's care. Still, if his one-on-one coverage skills are as good as they're hyped up to be, safety would not be the best way to utilize his talents -- put him at corner and let him lock down half of the field. 

Iowa has no shortage of young defensive backs right now, thanks to the heavy focus on the secondary in the last few recruiting classes, but there will be opportunities next year (especially with Josh Jackson deciding to play on Sundays next fall) and Brents could have the skill to get himself into the mix for playing time. I'd expect to see him on special teams at least, with a strong possibility of him getting some run in nickel or dime packages as well. 

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