Previously: Offensive Signees, Pt I
The Offensive Signees, Part II
Deuce Hogan - Quarterback
Hometown (High School): Grapevine, TX (Faith Christian)
Measurements: 6'3", 197
247 Composite Ranking: 3-stars, 17th best pro style quarterback
Other Offers: Baylor, Colorado, Georgia, Syracuse, Tennessee, more
From Have a Seat, Deuce Hogan:
And if you were still wondering why The Deuce was on Kirk Ferentz's radar, he also has a bunch of Ferentz Stuff: His dad is his high school coach, his program won a state championship in 2016 with Deuce under center. He's thrown for 4,300 yards and 52 touchdowns in his first two seasons of high school ball.
It's obviously too early to say that Hogan's commitment signals a new Iowa commitment to compete for the early-deciding quarterbacks at the top of the food chain. After all, Ferentz's staff landed its 2019 quarterback just a couple of weeks ago out of Colorado. But much like many of the other recruiting decisions made by this new staff in the last three years -- forays into Georgia and Florida; early offers; an apparent acceptance of early official visits; etc. -- it shows some versatility that was missing in the previous decade.
Mason Richman - Offensive Lineman
Hometown (High School): Stilwell, Kansas (Blue Valley)
Measurements: 6'6", 252
247 Composite Ranking: 3-stars, 47th best offensive tackle
Other Offers: Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Kansas, Kent State, NIU, Ohio, Toledo, more
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.
Josh Volk - Offensive Lineman
Hometown (High School): Cedar Rapids, IA (Xavier)
Measurements: 6'4", 295
247 Composite Ranking: 3-stars, 32nd offensive guard
Other Offers: Iowa State, Nebraska
From Have a Seat, Josh Volk:
Volk, a 6'4", 306 lb prospect is rated as a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247. A product of Cedar Rapids Xavier (along with fellow Iowa 2020 commit Ethan Hurkett), Volk chose Iowa over offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. Chalk up another win for Ferentz over unstoppable wunderkinds Matt Campbell and Scott Frost. Volk projects as a guard at the college level, though there's plenty of time before any positional decisions will need to be made. In the meantime, Volk will be focused on recovery and rehab after tearing his ACL in the state championship game last fall.
Tyler Elsbury - Offensive Lineman
Hometown (High School): Byron, IL (Byron)
Measurements: 6'5", 292
247 Composite Ranking: 3-stars, 17th best offensive guard
Other Offers: Illinois, NIU, Purdue
Elsbury, a 6'5", 298 lb prospect is also rated as a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247. He chose Iowa over offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Purdue, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan. Like Volk, Elsbury also projects as an offensive guard at the college level. Volk and Elsbury are the seventh and eighth members of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class, but the first specifically targeted for the offensive line. (Iowa has added three other linemen, but at least for now Logan Jones, Michael Lois, and Isaiah Bruce are being penciled in for the defensive side of the ball.) Adding 4-5 offensive linemen is a staple of pretty much every recruiting class, so Volk and Elsbury give Iowa a good start on filling that need.
Elijah Yelverton - Tight End
Hometown (High School): Dallas, TX (Trinity Christian)
Measurements: 6'5", 225
247 Composite Ranking: 3-stars, 20th best tight end
Other Offers: ASU, Arkansas, Auburn, BC, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, MSU, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Utah, more
Yes, beating a whole boatload of really good teams for a recruit is great, but it's that "Tight End U" at the end of Yelverton's announcement that really makes this art. For some reason, Iowa has always struggled to turn NFL positional success into a recruiting advantage. For a decade, Kirk Ferentz put tackles in the NFL, and yet, as recently as five years ago, his program was converting interior linemen and walk-ons into starters at the position. The same went for Phil Parker's unbelievable track record at defensive back and, yes, Iowa's success at tight end. Iowa doesn't generally get that much national publicity; in most years, the NFL Draft is usually the best public relations boost the program gets between January 1 and September 1. Converting that to recruiting success has not always been easy.
Stay tuned for Part One of Iowa's Defensive Signees.