Where's the beef? After a busy Friday night, it's in Iowa City. Iowa had a hugely productive evening in the recruiting game and added two coveted offensive line prospects to their 2020 recruiting class. You go a few months without a peep on the recruiting front and then you get two commitments in the span of a few hours. Recruiting!
The first to give a verbal commitment to Iowa was in-state prospect Josh Volk.
After much consideration I am excited to announce my commitment to the University of Iowa! I would like to thank the Iowa football staff, my parents for their love & support, JC Moreau for his assistance during this process, & my coaches & teammates, especially Coach Schulte pic.twitter.com/dzAc4IlQuV
— Josh Volk (@Josh__Volk) March 9, 2019
Volk, a 6'4", 306 lb prospect is rated as a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247. A product of Cedar Rapids Xavier (along with fellow Iowa 2020 commit Ethan Hurkett), Volk chose Iowa over offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. Chalk up another win for Ferentz over unstoppable wunderkinds Matt Campbell and Scott Frost. Volk projects as a guard at the college level, though there's plenty of time before any positional decisions will need to be made. In the meantime, Volk will be focused on recovery and rehab after tearing his ACL in the state championship game last fall.
Volk's pledge was joined by a verbal commitment from Illinois prospect Tyler Elsbury only a short while later.
I am now announcing my commitment to The University of Iowa!! I would like to thank everyone for all the support throughout this process! I would also like to thank all of the other universitys for there support over the last year. It just feels like home. pic.twitter.com/IIdOk48fpg
— Tyler Elsbury (@ElsburyTyler) March 9, 2019
Elsbury, a 6'5", 298 lb prospect is also rated as a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247. He chose Iowa over offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Purdue, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan. Like Volk, Elsbury also projects as an offensive guard at the college level. Volk and Elsbury are the seventh and eighth members of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class, but the first specifically targeted for the offensive line. (Iowa has added three other linemen, but at least for now Logan Jones, Michael Lois, and Isaiah Bruce are being penciled in for the defensive side of the ball.) Adding 4-5 offensive linemen is a staple of pretty much every recruiting class, so Volk and Elsbury give Iowa a good start on filling that need.
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Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Volk and Mr. Elsbury.