It’s been a whirlwind start to the week and things don’t look to be slowing down for Iowa Football. With National Signing Day tomorrow, the Hawkeyes added three new scholarship players yesterday with City High LB Nate Wieland, Georgia CB Trey Creamer and Florida RB Kryshaun Bryan. Later in the evening, they added another walk-on in Wisconsin S/LB Joe Ludwig.
Excited to announce I will continue my academic and football career at the University of Iowa! pic.twitter.com/tno36xds3a— Joe Ludwig (@joeludwig19) January 31, 2017
After looking like the recruiting train was losing steam, yesterday was a nice boost of adrenaline as we near the finish line. All this despite the Iowa staff losing out on all-world WR Oliver Martin, who announced his choice for Michigan last evening as well.
As I said, it’s been a whirlwind.
Today, the Hawkeyes grew the #Swarm17 to 19 scholarship commitments when Pennsylvania safety Geno Stone flipped from Kent State to Iowa.
Stone makes his announcement at the 8:00 minute mark in this video
Stone is a 5’11", 190 lb 3-star safety from New Castle, Pennsylvania. In addition to the offer from Iowa, Geno also had offers from virtually every MAC school (we’ve never seen this movie before), Army and Navy, and nearly all the Ivy League schools. Stone didn’t just play defensive back, but was also the QB for his HS. Folks, this is about as stereotypical as you can get with your late game recruits for Iowa.
Good frame? Check. Smart? Check. Former QB? Check. MAC prospect? Check. How this one plays out remains to be seen, but he certainly fits the mold of a number of under-the-radar guys Iowa has had success with in the past.
Here’s what our friends over at Hustle Belt had to say about Stone when he committed to Kent State:
He is a hard hitting safety who excels in wrapping up the opposing team’s offensive players. He also possesses strong hands that help him to stop big plays in their tracks.
I agree. In addition to those notes above, my untrained eye tells me he has pretty good ball skills (he also spent some time at WR and as a return man) and looks to have really good instincts at the safety spot in coming up in run support. Like Wieland yesterday, I would expect Stone to take a year or two in the program to develop, improve his understanding of the defensive scheme and then be a contributor.
With the class now standing at 19, look for Iowa to add 1-2 more before things are said and done. As always, keep your Twitter feeds scrolling and your browsers locked in here. We’ll keep you updated with all the NSD news.
Welcome aboard Geno Stone.