Welcome to the Deuce-ision, America.
Iowa hasn't usually played the super-early quarterback commitment game. Many of the program's signalcaller selections have come from guys decommitting off late coaching changes or projects culled from the lesser-known quarterback grounds.
This, though, is not that. On Friday night, Iowa landed the commitment of Deuce Hogan, a three-star quarterback out of Grapevine, Texas. Iowa bested the likes of Oklahoma State, Baylor, Houston, Boston College, and mid-majors like Tulsa and Iowa State for his commitment.
— Deuce Hogan (@_DeuceHogan__) June 29, 2018
Hogan has all the trademarks of an Iowa quarterback: He's 6'4", he comes from Texas, he has excellent hair, and HIS NAME IS DEUCE FREAKIN' HOGAN. That name cannot be underestimated, its effect never understated. Both Rivals and 247 have Hogan ranked among the top twenty pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 class; only Notre Dame and LSU have committed quarterbacks in the 2020 class ranked higher.
And if you were still wondering why The Deuce was on Kirk Ferentz's radar, he also has a bunch of Ferentz Stuff: His dad is his high school coach, his program won a state championship in 2016 with Deuce under center. He's thrown for 4,300 yards and 52 touchdowns in his first two seasons of high school ball.
It's obviously too early to say that Hogan's commitment signals a new Iowa commitment to compete for the early-deciding quarterbacks at the top of the food chain. After all, Ferentz's staff landed its 2019 quarterback just a couple of weeks ago out of Colorado. But much like many of the other recruiting decisions made by this new staff in the last three years -- forays into Georgia and Florida; early offers; an apparent acceptance of early official visits; etc. -- it shows some versatility that was missing in the previous decade.
As for Deuce Hogan: Welcome to Iowa City, Deuce Hogan. It's always a great day to be a Hawkeye.