Iowa's busy recruiting week continued on Friday night, as they added a verbal commitment from a few hours north:
Committed to Iowa— Yahya Black (@Yblack74) June 15, 2019
Many great experiences ahead pic.twitter.com/vP0rczxjzd
Yahya Black, a 6'5", 250 lb defensive line prospect out of Marshall, MN, is considered a 3* prospect, per Rivals and 247Sports. He chose Iowa over offers from Minnesota, Kansas State, and all four Dakota schools: North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Take that, Dakotas.
Black is the 12th member of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class and the fourth defensive line prospect they've added, after in-state defensive end prospect Logan Jones, Illinois prep Isaiah Bruce. and Wisconsin prep Michael Lois. Defensive line is a major emphasis for Iowa in this class, given the departures they sustained after last season (Anthony Nelson, Matt Nelson, Parker Hesse, Sam Brincks) and the further departures they could sustain after this coming season (Cedrick Lattimore and Brady Reiff are seniors and there's a strong possibility that A.J. Epenesa could depart early for the NFL Draft). Iowa added several defensive linemen in the 2019 class, but you need a lot of bodies at defensive line, so Iowa's going to continue to add depth there in their efforts to reload.
And Black is an intriguing addition to the mix along the defensive end. His wingspan is already incredibly disruptive (if nothing else, he should be able to make an immediate impact on block units on special teams) and he shows off some pretty solid quickness in his highlights. He has good closing speed and seems to enjoy laying a hit.
Welcome to Iowa, Yahya.