July 12, 2013

Half way home

With a recruiting class expected to be in the high teens or low twenties come February, the Iowa Hawkeyes are more or less halfway done with ten commitments currently on the board. In this update, we take a look at the ten recruits the Iowa coaching staff has already added and who the next ten might be to fill out the rest of the class.

Starting on defense, clearly one of Iowa's top priorities going into the year was at defensive end. In June, the Hawkeyes had a big recruiting victory when they were able to keep Matt Nelson home as the Cedar Rapids Xavier pass rusher picked Iowa over Notre Dame and Stanford, among others. The 6-foot-7, 249-pound Nelson has major potential on either side of the ball, but prefers defense and with Iowa's current situation at defensive end that is where he will begin his career.

Now, it will be important for the Hawkeyes to add at least one more recruit at the position, if not two. The most likely candidate at the moment is New Jersey native Terrence Harris. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Harris has an official visit to Iowa City scheduled for October 4, but told us this week that he might actually end up deciding before then. If Iowa starts running out of spots or pushes Harris for an early decision, it is very likely they could land his verbal pledge even without a visit.

Speaking of deciding without a visit, Iowa landed their third such commitment this past week when Texas kicker Mick Ellis picked the Hawkeyes. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Ellis is scheduled to make a trip to Iowa City later this month, but felt like he had already seen and heard enough to know where he wanted to play his college football. Ellis joins Washington D.C. cornerback Omar Truitt and New Jersey linebacker Jameer Outsey as recruits who committed to Iowa before visiting. Truitt has since made the trip and said it confirmed his decision.

Going back to defensive end, other prospects still on the board for the Hawkeyes include Silvester Hayes, who is a high school teammate of Iowa commit Jyaz Jones, along with Dewayne Hendrix, Kurt Holuba, Justin Hollins, and last but not least Torey Hendrick, who is a junior college player that could provide immediate help at the position.

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