Earlier this week Iowa landed the QB for their 2022 recruiting class. Today they found someone for him to throw to, picking up a verbal commitment from one of their top WR targets.
Jacob Bostick, listed at 6'2", 165 lbs, is rated a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Bostick's stock has risen steadily this year and he chose Iowa over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Pitt, Army, Navy, Air Force, and most of the MAC (suck it, directional Michigans).
What swayed Bostick to Iowa, aside from developing good relationships with Iowa's coaches and an opportunity to play in the Big Ten? Well, as he told Rivals in an interview: location (Iowa City's just 3.5 hours from home), a winning tradition (something his home state Illini could not exactly offer), and -- no lie -- the colors.
“That stuff was the big stuff, and then it’s Big Ten football," he said. "It was one of my dreams to go Division I since I was in fifth grade. The location is great. It’s 3.5 hours from my home, so I know my family and my friends can still see me play. We know Iowa wins, so I couldn’t be more happy to go to a team where the tradition is to win. Outside of that, I love the colors. I’m a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so when I got that black and yellow on, it was already set."
A man after our own heart. As we all know, black and yellow is a killer color combination.
Bostick played just six games in Palatine's abbreviated schedule, but he made the most of those appearances, hauling in 31 receptions for 451 yards and nine touchdowns. His skills are on display in his highlights:
There's a lot to like from Bostick in those highlights. He appears to run smooth routes and he does a nice job of finding pockets of space in and around the end zone. He looks good in the open field, reading blocks well and showing pretty solid speed as well. His hands also look good, with an ability to both make contested catches in traffic and high point the ball on jump balls around the end zone. There are even a few nifty kick returns in this clip. I see a few echoes of Ihmir Smith-Marsette's game in Bostick; if he's half as good as ISM, he ought to be a very welcome addition to Iowa's WR corps over the next few years.
Welcome to Iowa City, Mr. Bostick.