The Iowa Hawkeyes’ class of 2018 continues to grow and build momentum throughout the summer. They’ve extended a number of offers via their on-campus camps and have had some big time targets in town for their first recruiting tailgater of the year. Now, they’ve added their 11th member in the class.
Mishawaka, IN tight end Anthony Torres made his return trip to Iowa City with his family today. They actually came over last night in an effort to maximize their time on campus and with the staff. What they saw was enough to seal the deal as Torres committed during his unofficial visit to Iowa.
I did a brief intro to Torres when he camped at Iowa a few weeks ago. He left Iowa City then with an offer, as did his high school teammate Paul Moala. Torres is a big kid on the upper side of 6’5” (some sites list him at 6’6”) and 235 lbs. At the time, Iowa was considered a pretty strong bet to earn his commitment given their long history putting tight ends in the NFL. Not much has changed since then.
Torres is a consensus 3-star athlete with offers from Indiana, most of the Ivy League and the usual suspects among the mid-majors, including UCF, Ball State, Bowling Green, Air Force, and Western Michigan. The composite rankings by 247 Sports place him as the 14th best prospect in the class of 2018 from the state of Indiana (fellow Iowa commit Tyrone Tracy comes in at #8) and the 50th best tight prospect in the country.
A look at his junior season film shows pretty good speed and agility for a guy his size. His Penn high school plays in Indiana class 6A, the highest in the state so it’s safe to assume the competition isn’t terrible. Torres also shows pretty solid hands on tape and really good use of his body. There are several highlights of him bowling over defenders or dragging them for extra yardage. He’s a good blocker, as would be expected with his size, though he is quite a bit smaller than Plumb and I would expect him to stick at TE should he end up at Iowa.
As indicated in our class of 2018 tight end recruiting overview, I expect Torres to close out Iowa’s recruitment of tight ends in the class. He’s technically the second at the position after Wisconsin TE Jack Plumb committed last month, but conventional wisdom is that Plumb will slide in to the tackle spot given his size.
Overall, look for Iowa to take roughly 20 recruits in this class. At 11 today, I’d expect a few (3-4) more before we get into the football season with the rest coming later in the process. There may be more good news as early as this week as the momentum builds for Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Welcome aboard Anthony Torres. Go Hawks!