Sometimes the recruiting news comes quick. Sunday was no exception: Just a couple of hours after Justice Sullivan announced his commitment to Iowa, the Hawkeyes picked up another verbal commitment for the 2021 class: Bettendorf defensive tackle Griffin Liddle.
Proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Iowa. Thank you to anyone who helped me get to this point. #Swarm21 #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/lE5jYGpKhJ— Griffin Liddle (@griffinliddle93) November 24, 2019
Liddle, who is already 6'3" and 275 pounds, holds offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska. He received three-star grades from both Rivals and 247, and is among the top five prospects in Iowa at both sites.
Liddle is the first defensive lineman to commit to Iowa for 2021, though he hardly figures to be the last; with two offensive linemen and a pair of linebackers already in the class, the Hawkeyes are certainly building this class in the trenches. And while Liddle's commitment isn't exactly a surprise -- he's visited Iowa four times since January and twice this fall, and Bettendorf has long been a Hawkeye factory -- it's still good to get a player with that kind of offer sheet in the fold early.
Liddle's commitment, when combined with those of fellow in-state recruits Connor Colby and Jaden Harrell, also gives Iowa a solid start with a surprisingly deep in-state class. With four-star defensive end T.J. Bollers and four-star tight end Thomas Fidone still in play and a handful of three-star recruits either already committed to Iowa or reportedly leaning that way, the Hawkeyes could land as many as eight in-state recruits with other Power 5 offers before everything is done. In the first full year after the retirement of Iowa recruiting savant Reese Morgan, such a performance would be proof that the walls aren't coming down.
There's still a year to go until Signing Day, but for now, welcome to Iowa City, Mr. Liddle. It's always a great day to be a Hawkeye.