CyHawkThoughts: Football Recruiting (Part 1) (via akarioman)
"Greg Garmon is a poor man's Eric Dickerson or Eddie George"
This is a follow-up on Monday's post (part one) where we were introduced to some of the prospects Iowa is recruiting for football this recruiting season. If recruiting isn't your thing don't worry, this should do it for awhile. There were some names I missed and there are some recruits that hold Iowa offers but probably aren't an option at this stage. Recruiting is 24/7/365 and these introductions serve as a nice segue for the occasional blurb or recruiting update throughout the year.
If you're a diehard recruiting junkie I'd suggest following this thread on Hawkeye Nation. It's a long running thread that's updated with videos and information about recruits when Iowa extends an offer or interest. Plus, it's free.
Now, who did I miss? Name (Rivals/Scout profile), position, location, video (YouTube)
Corey Smith - WR - East Mississippi Community College
Hendrick Ekpe - DE - Lewisville, Texas
Merrick Jackson - DT - Belleville, Illinois
Corey Robinson - WR - San Antonio, Texas
Okay, so that's the rest. Now, after the jump we'll and get caught up with the latest about most of the prospects that were listed in this or Monday's post.
Illinois dual-threat QB Aaron Bailey visited Iowa recently but also received an offer from Urban Meyer and Ohio State. He's also visiting Iowa State (whaaat?) this weekend. Iowa wants Bailey to play wide receiver but he wants to play QB in college.
Ty Isaac is Illinois' and maybe the nation's top running back prospect. He recently received offers from Auburn and Southern California. Isaac is planning a visit to USC on April 14th, the same day as Iowa's open spring game/practice.
The Isaac link above mentions Illinois' top OL recruit Ethan Pocic. He already has 20 offers from around the nation including one from Southern California. He plans on heading to Michigan for a visit and Alabama may offer soon too.
Logan Tuley-Tillman received an Iowa offer after his visit to Iowa's junior day. He also really likes Michigan.
Jaylon Smith recently received an offer from Alabama.
Tuley-Tillman will be at Michigan this week with Jake Butt, Taco Charlton and Jourdan Lewis.
James Onwualu is getting a lot of attention from Notre Dame.
Kevin Olsen has Florida in his top five. He also recently added an offer from Auburn.
Billy Price recently committed to Ohio State.
Tim Kimbrough is probably Ohio State's to lose.
Matt Alviti is down to Northwestern and Notre Dame.
Dorian O'Daniel has a top three of Florida, Ohio State and Michigan.
Ezekiel Elliott recently added an offer from Ohio State.
R.J. Shelton really likes Michigan State.
Henry Poggi is a much bigger recruit than his bother Jim, current Iowa linebacker. He told ESPN that academics is his first priority and doesn't list Iowa in his brief mention of schools. Poggi's brothers also offered him this advice, "visit as many places as possible and be sure you get along with your position coach." Iowa's defensive line coach is now Reese Morgan and for Iowa to go hard after the youngest Poggi, maybe that works in Iowa's favor.
So, that's the bad news. As you can see, Iowa offered many of the Rivals Top 250 but the interest in Iowa, not there (from all of them, Iowa still has a chance with a few). It's important to remember that Iowa will offer another 50-80 recruits during the recruiting cycle. In fact, Iowa offered two recruits last night in the time it took to write this post. The Hawkeye coaching staff has to offer early in the process, they're not Texas or USC and have that luxury of a fertile recruiting state.
Historically Iowa begins to add verbal commits in April and it's an in-state prospect (or close like Mitch Keppy). Iowa has offers out to Jake Campos, Jon Wisnieski and Sam Raridon and don't be surprised if one of these three pulls the trigger soon.
Another thing about Keppy. He wasn't talked about much by the recruiting service websites prior to committing to Iowa. In fact, the news of his verbal commitment was broken by his local newspaper. Another early commit, Connor Kornbrath, wasn't part of much discussion either. His commitment was broken via Twitter and already committed propsect Maurice Fleming. So these lists aren't by any means complete and recruiting service websites aren't always the lone source of information.
Iowa may have a shot with Trent Hosick. He was teammates of Nate Lohn, a 2012 recruit that picked Stanford over Iowa in a close race. Iowa's toughest competition right now is Northwestern, Tulsa and maybe Kansas State.
Ruben Dunbar attends the same high school as current offensive lineman Jordan Walsh. I assume there is a chance there. James Onwualu, already mentioned, attends Cretin-Durham in St. Paul. The same school as Broderick Binns and Raphael Eubanks, but Michael Floyd went there too, hence the fear of the Notre Dame involvement with Onwualu.
Greg Webb and Dajaun Drennon are both from Sicklerville, New Jersey, home of former Hawkeye Shonn Greene. They are teammates at Timbercreek and that's Darrell Wilson territory. He's recruited New Jersey well in the past, but bringing in these two will be a challenge. Ohio State has offered Webb and both have well over 20 offers. Some good news, Drennon plans to visit Iowa over the summer.
As the process continues I'll have updates occasionally - important updates like offers or commitments - what a kid thought of the ice cream at the dining hall on his visit isn't important. Caring is creepy, and exhausting too. But, truth be told, recruiting news and it's 24/7/365 cycle is a link master's off-season bread and butter.
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- Hello, my name is . . . Mitch Keppy
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