Class of 2021 football recruits can't make an official commitment for another 18+ months, but that doesn't stop them from making verbal commitments. Iowa was on the receiving end of one such pledge this weekend, as '21 offensive line recruit Gennings Dunker gave a verbal commitment to Iowa:
Committed to Iowa!!!!!!— Gennings Dunker (@gennings_dunker) June 3, 2019
Dunker was an attendee at Iowa's camp over the weekend and committed on the spot after Iowa offered. Despite playing for Lena-Winslow High School, a small high school in northwest Illinois, Dunker has some Iowa ties that made him eager to commit upon receiving an Iowa offer. For one, his current teammate, Isaiah Bruce, is a member of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class. For another, Dunker has Iowa connections in his family, as he explained to Blair Sanderson at Hawkeye Report:
“I committed as soon as they offered,” said Dunker. “I was born in Des Moines and my parents are from over by Muscatine, so my whole family is Hawkeye fans. It’s unbelievable this is even happening.”
Dunker is listed at 6'5", 265 lbs, with a 6'10" wingspan, has not been ranked by any recruiting services yet (no shock there, given that he's a 2021 recruit). Iowa is his only offer at present. He currently projects as an offensive lineman, likely on the interior, but again -- he's over 18 months from even being able to sign with Iowa, over two years from setting foot on campus in Iowa City (unless he would decide to enroll early), and, given the propensity of offensive line recruits at Iowa to redshirt as freshmen, very likely over three years away from competing for playing time at Iowa. All of which is to say: Dunker has plenty of time to grow and develop.
You can check out some highlights from Dunker's sophomore season here:
Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Dunker.