Iowa football is in the midst of one of its biggest recruiting weekends ever in terms of official visits, and their first pick-up of the weekend was one of their biggest targets -- just not for the current 2020 recruiting class. Instead Iowa picked up a verbal commitment from one of their top targets in the 2021 recruiting class:
Committed to the University of Iowa!!! #Swarm21— Connor Colby (@ConnorColby77) June 22, 2019
That's a verbal commitment from Connor Colby, a 6'6", 275 prospect along the offensive line. He's a major get for Iowa for a few reasons. One, he's about as local as you can get at Iowa without going to one of the actual Iowa City high schools -- he plays his prep ball at Cedar Rapids Kennedy just up the road from the Iowa campus. Two, he might be Iowa's biggest get in a few recruiting classes given his level of recruiting hype and offer list. Both Rivals and 247Sports rank Colby as a 4* prospect in the 2021 class. And in terms of his offer sheet, Colby chose Iowa over offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, and Minnesota. The only player in Iowa's 2020 class that's a 4* recruit at present is QB Deuce Hogan and the only player with a comparable offer sheet is 3* tight end recruit Elijah Yelverton.
Iowa has a strong track record of developing unknown prospects into reliable performers on the offensive line -- but they also have a pretty good track record of taking high-end recruits and turning them into star players, especially lately. James Daniels, Alaric Jackson, and Tristan Wirfs arrived at Iowa as some of Iowa's most highly-touted offensive line recruits in recent years; two of those three players became starters as true freshmen. Daniels left Iowa after three seasons and became a second round pick in the NFL Draft and Wirfs and Jackson may leave Iowa after their upcoming junior years for an early round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft if they have strong seasons. Adding another big-time offensive line prospect to the trenches in Iowa City is a very exciting proposition.
Check out some highlights of Colby in action below:
Do you like pancakes, relentless drive blocking of an opponent several yards down the field, and gigantic holes for running backs to scamper through? Good news! These highlights will be right up your alley. Seriously: that clip has more pancakes than IHOP. Colby certainly appears to have the athleticism and mean streak necessary to play offensive line at a high level. Give him some time to add more size (and it's worth noting that he should fill out a bit more over the next two years before he ever gets to Iowa City and Chris Doyle has a chance to work with him) and fine tune his technique and he could be a fixture of Iowa's line in a few years.
Welcome to Iowa City, Mr. Colby.