It's been a busy recruiting week for Iowa football and it started with a commitment in the trenches.
Mason Richman is listed at 6'5", 265 lbs and out of Stilwell, KS. Richman, a 3* prospect per Rivals and 247Sports, chose Iowa over offers from Kansas, Air Force, Princeton, and a handful of MAC and FCS schools.
What swung Richman to Iowa? Their track record in development, of course. Per Rivals:
"I chose Iowa because of the fact that they develop players like no other school and are the most consistent program and university from top to bottom," Richman said.
It's certainly hard to argue with Iowa's track record of developing offensive linemen under Kirk Ferentz.
Richman is the 11th member of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class and its third offensive lineman, after in-state commit Josh Volk and Illinois prospect Tyler Elsbury. 247 projects Richman as an offensive tackle, but any decisions about where he might play along the offensive line are premature at this point. Richman has good athleticism and length, though at 265 lbs, he'll need to add some weight before he's ready to brave Big Ten play. A redshirt in the 2020 season seems very likely.
Check out some highlights of Richman in action here:
And here are some more highlights of him, albeit entirely at defensive end:
Welcome to Iowa City, Mason.