Another week, another addition to Iowa's 2019 football recruiting class. Last Friday Iowa added a promising OLB recruit out of Ohio. This Friday Iowa stayed on the defensive side of the ball and added to the pass rush, picking up a verbal commitment from Wisconsin defensive end prospect Jake Karchinski:
— Jake karchinski (@jkarchinski123) May 18, 2018
Karchinski, listed at 6-5, 245 lbs, is unranked by Rivals, but a 3* recruit per 247. He chose Iowa over offers from Syracuse, several MAC schools (Ball State, Miami (OH), Eastern Michigan), and a handful of FCS schools, including North Dakota, North Dakota State, Fordham, and Columbia (take that, Lions). He also had "significant interest," per Rivals, from Wisconsin, his home-state team, and Iowa State. The latter point is where the plot (or at least the rivalry stew) thickens a bit more for Karchinski's recruitment.
Two weeks ago, when Karchinski picked up an Iowa offer, Jim Hofher, an Iowa State assistant coach, dissed him. Hofher thought he was sliding into someone's DMs, but instead he posted his comment directly to his public Twitter feed -- and tagged Karchinski on the comment as well.
— Travis Wilson (@travisWSN) May 7, 2018
Fine work from the school that helped invent the internet.
Obviously we root for every recruit who commits to Iowa to succeed and have a good career here, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a little extra desire to see the Karchinski commitment work out. Sticking it to Iowa State is always fun and this incident could add some fun flavor to future CyHawk games. Seeing Karchinski make life miserable for whoever Iowa State's quarterback is in a few years would be wonderful.
But rivalry shenanigans aside, what is Iowa getting in Karchinski? He's big (6-5) and looks to have the frame needed to add weight (which he'll need to do, given his current listed weight of 245 lbs). But his highlights show good football instincts, a nose for the football, and some sure tackling. He looks good stuffing the run near the line of scrimmage as well. He'll probably need to work on his first step a bit on his pass rush, but there's some good raw materials to work with there.
Welcome aboard, Jake. It's always a great day to choose the right side in the CyHawk rivalry.