We’re just about there, folks. National Signing Day is rapidly approaching, which means that Kirk Ferentz and Co. can talk about their recruits and we no longer have to worry about whether or not players will be flipping to/from the Hawks. At least for a little bit, we can take a break from reading too far into an 18 year old’s Twitter account and worrying about whether or not they’ll pick Iowa over everyone else.
But before we can do that, we have a little bit of unfinished business to attend to. Iowa, of course, hasn’t signed these players yet, and when they do, we’ll be here to let you know. Let’s touch on some important information that will help you get prepared for the big day.
Swarm17 Signing Day Show
Iowa is doing something really cool this year! From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on National Signing Day, Gary Dolphin will be hosting a show where he’ll interview Kirk Ferentz, Brian Ferentz, Phil Parker, and other Iowa coaches, where they’ll show highlights of the athletes who have signed their Letters of Intent that day. They’ll also interview some former Hawkeye student-athletes and Aaron Taylor, the founder of the Joe Moore Award, will be interviewed while he is in town to present the team with the trophy.
Here’s how to watch:
What: Swarm17 Signing Day Show
Who: Gary Dolphin, Iowa Coaching Staff, Aaron Taylor, and MORE
When: 11:30am to 2pm
Where: Hawkeye All-Access (Free of charge!)
Who to expect to sign with the Hawkeyes!
Obviously, we already have a pretty good idea of who the Hawkeyes are going to pick up already. Here is a list of people that 247sports has listed as "Hard Iowa Commits," along with 247’s composite ranking for each athlete. Iowa has 22 spots open, and they have 19 guys committed as of this post.
- A.J. Epenesa // 5-star Defensive End // Edwardsville, IL
- Tristan Wirfs // 4-star Offensive Tackle // Mount Vernon, IA
- Mark Kallenberger // 3-star Offensive Tackle // Bettendorf, IA
- Djimon Colbert // 3-star Cornerback // Mission, KS
- Peyton Mansell // 3-star Quarterback // Belton, TX
- Kyshaun Bryan // 3-star Running Back // Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Levi Duwa // 3-star Defensive End // Wellman, IA
- Matt Hankins // 3-star Cornerback // Flower Mound, TX
- Brandon Smith // 3-star Wide Receiver // Lake Cormorant, MS
- Ivory Kelly-Martin // 3-star Running Back // Oswego, IL
- Camron Harrell // 3-star Safety // Bradley, IL
- Trey Creamer // 3-star Cornerback // Cartersville, GA
- Jacob Coons // 3-star Tight End // Solon, IA
- Geno Stone // 3-star Safety // New Castle, PA
- Henry Marchese // 3-star Wide Receiver // Lincolnshire, IL
- Joshua Turner // 3-star Cornerback // Delray Beach, FL
- Coy Kirkpatrick // 3-star Defensive Lineman // Madrid, IA
- Max Cooper // 3-star Wide Receiver // Waukesha, WI
- Nate Weiland // 2-star Linebacker // Iowa City, IA
Could anyone else possibly sign?
So as I previously stated, Iowa has 19 guys just about locked up heading into National Signing Day, and the "high end" of the class figured to be at around 22 incoming freshman. That leaves three spots open, for those of you who aren’t so good at the maths (like me). Who could possibly fill those spots?
- Ihmir Smith-Marsette: The New Jersey cornerback was initially committed to Rutgers, then he decommitted from them a little over a week ago after a visit to Iowa City. Then he committed to Minnesota to #RowTheBoat, and suddenly, rumors have swirled around that he’s decided to jump overboard. 247 currently has him at 78% to pick Iowa and 22% to return to Rutgers, which would indicate that the rumors are true. Could he end up in a Hawkeyes uniform? It’s possible!
- Daviyon Nixon: The defensive lineman from Kenosha, WI just took an official visit to Iowa this past weekend, where he took in Iowa’s basketball game against Ohio State and received an offer from the Hawkeyes. 247 doesn’t have much info on him, but Rivals says that the 3-star lineman recently took a visit to Purdue and has high interest in Northern Illinois. He signs his Letter of Intent tomorrow at 4:30, but hasn’t specified who he’ll pick yet.
- A punter! It doesn’t look like Iowa has offered any punters thus far, but they had recently expressed interest in Joe Doyle from Knoxville, TN, and Ryan Stonehouse, a punter (with a great name) from California. With the departure of Ron Coluzzi, Iowa has no punters on scholarship. They might want to grab an extra.
- Maybe they’ll use the spot to give a scholarship to someone already on roster. Keith Duncan doesn’t have a scholarship. There’s a ton of other players who don’t have one. Maybe they’ll get the lucky chance to get their college tuition paid for by the football program.