While the 2019 football recruiting season doesn't technically end until tomorrow, the 2020 season is already in full swing. Iowa landed its fifth commit for next December's class earlier this week, when Council Bluffs Lewis Central defensive tackle Logan Jones announced his intent to join the Hawkeyes.
— Logan Jones (@logan_jones75) February 3, 2019
Jones is already 6'3" and 240 pounds, certainly big enough at his age to project onto the Iowa defensive line. He is the third defensive lineman already taken in this class (Michael Lois and Isaiah Bruce have already committed, as well) and the second player based in Iowa to accept an offer from Kirk Ferentz.
Jones receives three stars from the scouting services. 247 ranks him behind only Iowa running back commit Gavin Williams and expected Iowa offensive line commit Josh Volk among in-state prospects. If those rankings hold for the next year, it would mark the third consecutive season that Iowa got at least three of the state's top four ranked prospects.
Iowa needs bodies on the defensive line now, with graduation, transfers and early NFL entries leaving the depth chart looking awfully bare. Jones won't help there: He's probably two years and at least 40 pounds from being in the realm of possibilities. But you can't start building the next round of Anthony Nelsons and Jaleel Johnsons without some raw material. As far as 2020 goes, it looks like Iowa's intent on getting a head start.