Brother, can you please spare a receiver? Iowa's ongoing quest for production at the wide receiver position continues and Tuesday night they landed the latest player who will try to solve that conundrum for the Hawkeye offense, Desmond Hutson:
Thank God for everything he put me through only made me stronger! pic.twitter.com/BUPlx39Tqa
— Desmond Hutson (@Desmond_Hutson) May 9, 2018
Hutson, a 3* recruit from Kansas City, is the 7th recruit of Iowa's 2019 recruiting class and chose Iowa over an offer from South Dakota State (take that, Jackrabbits), as well as ye olde interest from the likes of Minnesota, Purdue, Kansas, and Iowa State. Hutson cited "the culture and family-based type of team" as his main reasons for choosing to verbally commit to Iowa at this time.
The most intriguing thing about Hutson is probably his physical attributes: he's listed at 6-4, 190 and he shows impressive leaping ability in his highlights, as well as some strong hands. He parlayed those abilities into a strong junior season at Raytown High School last season: 50 receptions, 793 yards, 14 touchdowns. You can check out those aforementioned highlights below:
Hutson will need to tighten up his route running a bit and he doesn't look like a burner, but his size and strength look promising, as does his ability to just go up and get the ball (he does a nice job of high pointing the ball during his catches). He also seems to adjust to the ball well in flight. Iowa added three likely receivers in their 2018 recruiting class, but none with size like Hutson -- Calvin Lockett, Tyrone Tracy, Jr., and Nico Ragaini are all 6-2 or shorter. Hutson could give Iowa a very different type of weapon in the passing game. He probably most resembles current Iowa receiver Brandon Smith (listed at 6-3), another big receiver with impressive leaping ability. The thought of Smith and Hutson as targets on the outside for the Iowa passing game is certainly an intriguing one (albeit one that's also a long way from coming to fruition).
In any event, welcome to Iowa, Mr. Hutson. We're very excited to see what you can do.