This is one of Iowa football's biggest recruiting weekends in a long time and it's certainly paying off in terms of verbal commitments. Fresh off of landing major 2021 target Connor Colby on Friday night, Iowa picked up commitments from several 2020 recruits as well. The first of those was Illinois DB AJ Lawson:
Lawson, listed at 6'2", 180 lbs, is rated a 3* prospect by Rivals and 247Sports. He chose Iowa over offers from Minnesota, Wyoming, and a host of MAC schools, including Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Toledo. Lawson is the second defensive back to join Iowa's 2020 recruiting class -- and the second to do so this week, in fact, after Florida defensive back Keylen Gulley committed to Iowa earlier in the week.
Check out highlights of Lawson in action below:
Lawson played wide receiver and defensive back at Decatur MacArthur High during his prep career but, per Rivals, Iowa is looking at him as a defensive back. While a lot of his highlights feature him as a receiver, I think there's enough DB highlights to see what made him attractive to Iowa on that side of the ball. He has solid speed, but really seems to have good hands and strong ball skills; his ability to high-point the ball and pluck it out of the air is particularly impressive. There are some encouraging signs re: his coverage skills and tackling ability as well. Several recent Iowa defensive backs have had exceptional ball skills, such as Desmond King and Josh Jackson, so it's clear that's an attribute Iowa looks for in defensive backs. Lawson looks like a very promising recruit in that aspect.
Welcome to Iowa, AJ.