Caring is Creepy 2019: Football Recruiting Breakdown

By RossWB on June 25, 2018 at 7:44 pm
The 2019 Iowa FB recruiting class (mostly).

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It was a very busy weekend for Iowa's football recruiting efforts, with three verbal commitments, so this seems like a prudent time to step back and take a look at the class as a whole. Right now, Iowa has 13 recruits (that we know of, at least; it's possible there are other players who are silently committed and have not yet made their commitment status public, although that tends to happen infrequently these days) and the class ranks 25th in the nation (per 247) and 26th in the nation (per Rivals), though that number will go down as other teams add to their recruiting classes. This is going to be a smaller class for Iowa -- the Hawkeyes only have 11 seniors this year and while they'll sign more than 11 players in this class to account for the inevitable attrition that will occur, it's still going to wind up being one of Iowa's smallest classes in recent years, perhaps around 15-18 players. 

You can see virtually the entire class to date in the picture up above; the only commit it's missing is Illinois defensive back Sebastian Castro (though it also includes Tomari Fox -- #51 -- who has not yet committed to Iowa). Rivals' Blair Sanderson has identified each player from that picture here

QUARTERBACK

* Have a Seat, Alex Padilla

Iowa likes to add a quarterback in each recruiting class in order to maintain a steady supply of quarterbacks on the roster and to keep the roster balanced. They found their signal-caller for the 2019 class a few weeks ago in Padilla, a prospect out of Colorado. Padilla doesn't have the same size as some of Iowa's recent QBs (he's listed at just 6'1", in comparison to the 6'4" Nate Stanley and the 6'5" Spencer Petras), but he appears to be an accurate passer with some pretty good mobility and a pretty strong arm. 

Other Options: Iowa almost always takes just one quarterback per class, so they're not going to add any more QBs with Padilla in the fold for 2019.

RUNNING BACK

* Have a Seat, Mekhi Sargent

Sargent isn't a Class of 2019 prospect -- he's a JUCO transfer who will be playing for Iowa this fall -- but his arrival has seemingly had a trickle-down effect on Iowa's RB recruiting. Most notably, Iowa cancelled a visit from Jirehl Brock,a  4* prospect out of Illinois, and cooled on his recruitment almost immediately after landing Sargent. Brock had been Iowa's top target at running back for 2019 (for some time), but Iowa appears to have moved on from him at this point. Could that decision come back to Iowa bite Iowa? Perhaps. Brock has said that he'll be choosing from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Northwestern, so it looks like Iowa fans will get a chance to see him on the field -- just not wearing black and gold. Given the circumstances, Sargent and Brock will likely be linked in the minds of Iowa fans, so if Sargent struggles at Iowa and Brock flourishes elsewhere, there will be some second-guessing on this move. 

Other Options: Iowa is still looking to add a running back in this class and the most likely option is Georgia recruit Tyler Goodson (3*), who's expected to announce his decision next week. The recent recruiting scuttlebutt is that Goodson will choose Iowa; if he does, Iowa will be done at running back for this class. 

WIDE RECEIVER

* Have a Seat, Desmond Hutson

Huston, a 3* recruit out of Kansas City, committed to Iowa last month and could give Iowa a big target (6'4", 190 lbs) with a very good vertical leap and good hands. He could provide Iowa with size that they haven't often had at the wide receiver position in recent years. 

Other Options: Iowa is expected to add at least one more receiver in this class. The top target is highly-sought after Indianapolis recruit David Bell (4*), a high school teammate of Iowa's most recent commit, Justin Britt. Bell is expected to choose between offers from Iowa, Ohio State, and Purdue soon; landing him would be a tremendous coup, given Iowa's long-documented woes at wide receiver. 

TIGHT END

* Have a Seat, Logan Lee

Lee was one of Iowa's earliest commits in the 2019 class, committing precisely a year ago, on June 25, 2017. Lee's commitment was a big deal as he was a 4* recruit at the time (he's since dropped to 3*) and had a bevy of offers, including from some Big Ten heavyweights (Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State) and SEC programs (Ole Miss, Missouri), 3* or 4*, he's still one of Iowa's biggest gets at the TE position in recent years and should be part of the effort to replace Noah Fant's production at the spot in a few years. 

Other Options: Iowa is expected to add 1-2 tight ends in this class, so they may look for another tight end to pair with Lee. Per Rivals, Chris Hickman, a 3* tight end out of Omaha might be their top option. 

OFFENSIVE LINE

* Have a Seat, Ezra Miller

* Have a Seat, Tyler Endres

* Have a Seat, Noah Fenske

Have a Seat, Justin Britt

You can see all four of Iowa's OL commits right; from left to right, that's Noah Fenske, Tyler Endres, Ezra Miller, and Justin Britt. Offensive line recruits are a big part of almost any Iowa recruiting class and 2019 looks to be no different, with four future linemen in the fold already. The offensive line portion of the class also contains some of the highest-ranked prospects in Iowa's class -- both Miller and Endres are 4* recruits (per 247). Miller was the first player to join Iowa's 2019 recruiting class, committing all the way back in April of 2017. Endres, like Logan Lee, committed to Iowa a year ago today, on June 25, 2017. Endres and Miller are two of the top in-state prospects in 2019, so keeping them in the Iowa fold is very good news. 

Iowa added Fenske in March and obviously just picked up a commitment from Britt this weekend. It's not clear where they'll all play along the line, although they're all big enough (they're all at least 6'4" or taller all but Fenske are at least 280) that it wouldn't be too surprising to see any of them at tackle at some point in the future. It seems most likely that they'll follow the common Iowa development path of starting at an interior position and then potentially developing into a tackle. 

Other Options: With four offensive linemen already committed in what's expected to be a smaller class, Iowa's pretty much set at offensive lineman for this class. 

DEFENSIVE LINE

* Have a Seat, Jake Karchinski

Have a Seat, Jalen Hunt

Defensive end has been a recent priority for Iowa in this class; they landed Hunt this weekend and picked up a verbal commitment from Karchinski about a month ago. Karchinski, you may recall, was the recruit who was slated publicly by an Iowa State coach, adding some extra rivalry spice to his commitment. Karchinski is a familiar story for Iowa recruiting -- a lightly-recruited (mostly MAC offers) prospect who jumps at an Iowa offer. Hunt's story is different -- he chose Iowa over several other Power 5 programs -- but both look like intriguing prospects at defensive end. 

Other Options: Iowa is expected to add 1-2 more players on the defensive line in this class. The most notable target is Georgia recruit Tomari Fox (3*); he was the only recruit at Iowa's recruiting event this past weekend who hadn't already committed to Iowa or who didn't commit to Iowa over the weekend. He said he came very close to committing to Iowa, though. Like Hunt and Karchinski, Fox projects as a defensive end. Per Rivals, Iowa is also pursuing at JUCO DE Malcom Lee from Iowa Western, too. DT seems like a position where Iowa might want a little more assistance, too, so that will be a spot to watch for Iowa in recruiting over the next few months. 

LINEBACKER

* Have a Seat, Jack Campbell

* Have a Seat, Jestin Jacobs

Campbell was a big in-state get for Iowa earlier this year (and another head-to-head win over Matt Campbell and Iowa State on the recruiting trail), while Jacobs was a noteworthy get out of Ohio, as he chose Iowa over offers from several Power 5 programs (including Michigan State, Kentucky, Purdue, and Missouri). Jacobs fits the mold at OLB established by guys like A.J. Edds, Christian Kirksey, and Ben Niemann. Campbell looks versatile enough to play at almost any of the LB positions, although he really seems to shine as a MLB option. 

Other Options: Iowa added four linebackers in last year's class and already has two in the fold this year, but it's still possible that Iowa adds another linebacker prospect to this group. Per Rivals, their top target is Omaha recruit Nick Henrich (3*). 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

* Have a Seat, Sebastian Castro

Have a Seat, Dane Belton

Iowa added Castro, a 3* defensive back prospect out of Illinois, two months ago and picked up the services of Belton, a 3* defensive back recruit out of Florida, this past weekend. Right now the Iowa staff appears to be looking at Castro as a safety option and Belton as a corner option, although they're both versatile enough (especially Belton) that playing any spot in the secondary seems viable. Both guys also possess good speed and returning ability, so return man could be an option for both of them as well. 

Other Options: Iowa went very heavy on defensive back in last year's class (six players), so Iowa may very well be done with defensive back recruiting in this class with Castro and Belton. That said, the heavy emphasis on the secondary in 2018 came on the heels of a few pretty light years of defensive back recruiting, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see Iowa add another defensive back in this class. Phil Parker has a knack for finding good defensive back prospects late in the process; if that happens again, here's betting Iowa finds a way to make room for that recruit. 

So that's where Iowa stands with its 2019 recruiting class as we get ready to enter July. There aren't too many spots left in this class, but there are some very intriguing options left to possibly join up with this group (most notably David Bell). As ever, we'll keep you apprised of the latest commitments as they happen. 

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