The 2019 recruiting class is in the rearview mirror now, which means it's full steam ahead on 2020. Iowa already had five commits in their 2020 class before this past weekend; now they have six, courtesy of local DE/LB Ethan Hurkett.
to an original #SUposse Rough Rider, @CRXavierFB All-State LB @ethan_H116 on his offer & subsequent commitment to @HawkeyeFootball. Deserved, Earned, He #MadeItHappen. @CoachSWallace @RobHoweHN @HawkeyeReport @MatthewBain_ @AllenTrieu @SBock247 @BlairRIVALS @CoachK_Bell pic.twitter.com/1rL0Omw8CW
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Hurkett wrapped his junior season at Cedar Rapids Xavier this past fall, where he had 81 tackles (10.5 TFL) and two sacks for the Saints, who won the 3A championship. This past weekend was Iowa's first big junior day event of the year; Hurkett arrived at Iowa City without an offer but left as a 2020 verbal commit after receiving an offer and making an immediate commitment. Hurkett didn't need much time to mull over the Iowa offer, as he told Rivals:
Q: Can you take me through how you found out about the offer and ended up committing?
HURKETT: Well, they pretty much just had my parents and I talk to Coach Ferentz. He just said, “We like you as a player and we want to offer.” I took a couple minutes with my parents to talk about it and then felt like it was the right thing just to commit.
Q: What made you so comfortable to decide to commit right away?
HURKETT: Iowa has always kind of been my top school, so the moment they offered I knew I wanted to go there. I didn’t want to mess around with the other stuff. I just wanted to get straight to it and commit.
Hurkett, who's currently unranked by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN, had only an Iowa offer at this time. His future position at Iowa is TBD. Hurkett is listed at 6'3", 230 lbs and currently projects as an inside linebacker. But Hurkett mentioned that the Iowa coaches aren't set on him at a particular position yet and he could grow into a defensive lineman (likely an end), given another year's growth and some time in the Iowa weight room.
You can check out some highlights of Hurkett's junior season here:
He seems to have a good nose for the ball and finishes tackles well. He looks a bit better around the line of scrimmage now than in space, so it's not hard to see why Iowa might envision a future role for him on the defensive line. Hurkett is certainly an under-the-radar in-state propsect at this point. But he's also a Reese Morgan guy and years of experience have taught us to trust Reese Morgan guys. It may take him a few years to crack the depth chart and make an impact, but he seems like one to keep an eye on for the future. Welcome to Iowa, Ethan.