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Iowa Football Recruiting: Class of 2018 Commitment Week 1 Performance Recap

The Hawkeyes had a handful of 2018 commitments in action last week. We walk you through their performances and recap week 1 of the high school football season.

Henry Geil’s senior season got off to a great start in week 1.
Via @PrebleTrack on Twitter

High school football is officially back in parts of the country as several states kicked off the 2017 season this week. Not all of Iowa’s commitments in the class of 2018 were in action, but those from the states of Wisconsin and Indiana were back on the gridiron. We’ll be updating you each week on the performances of the various commits and their season-long statistics.

Henry Geil

Pos: RB

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Ht: 6’

Wt: 211 lbs

Iowa’s lone RB commit in the class of 2018 kicked off his senior season on Thursday night. He wasted no time showing Hawkeye fans why the staff was so high on him. Geil ran for a career high 261 yards and 2 TDs on 33 carries en route to a 24-16 victory for his Preble Hornets over the Ashwaubenon Jaguars.

After marching down the field on Geil’s 8 carries for 58 yards, the Hornets got on the board first on his 1-yard TD run on 4th and goal to take a 7-0 lead.

Video via @ScottVenci.

In second half action, Geil gave the Hornets the lead on a monster 67-yard run in their opening drive of the half.

I love seeing Geil take a quick stutter step behind the line of scrimmage to let his blocks develop, then he gets decisive and bursts through the line of scrimmage. He has good size and breaks an arm tackle before outrunning everyone to the endzone. That combination of size and speed bodes well for his future in the Big Ten.

Video via @SpecSportsWI.

Once Preble had the lead in the second half, there was no turning back. The Jaguars got within a point late in the third, but failed on a two-point conversion. From there, it was a matter of riding Geil to the W.

Here’s a look a the highlights from Geil’s night.

Video via @burkegriffin.

You can find the full recap and box score from Preble’s opening week victory on the Green Bay Press Gazette. The Hornets are back in action this Thursday at home against Manitowoc (you may have heard of it).

You can stream all of Geil’s games this season live on Meredix here.

Jack Plumb

Pos: TE/OT

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Ht: 6’8”

Wt: 245 lbs

Like Henry Geil, fellow Green Bay native Jack Plumb kicked off his senior season last Thursday. If you’ve been following Iowa recruiting at all, you’ll recall that Plumb lines up at TE for his Bay Port High School team, but given his massive frame he’s being recruited as an OT at Iowa. The combination of that outlook, the run-heavy offense his squad runs and the game flow, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Plumb didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard Thursday.

Plumb only caught the one pass - a 12-yard TD reception as Bay Port throttled North High School (Sheboygan) 62-0. Look for similar stat lines from Plumb throughout the season. His size makes him a really good redzone target, but in an offense that like to run and his ability to block on the edge means he won’t be streaking downfield much. Hawkeye fans should be OK with that given his plans to move to OT at Iowa.

Bay Port is back in action this Thursday. They open their home slate with a matchup against South High School (Sheboygan) at 7pm.

Allen Trieu of Scout spoke with Plumb after the game about his commitment to Iowa and that transition from catching touchdowns to blocking on the offensive line. Here’s the full interview:

Tyrone Tracy

Pos: ATH

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Ht: 6’

Wt: 185 lbs

Tyrone Tracy and his Decatur Central squad had to wait until Friday to kick off the season. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Decatur Central lost the opener to Franklin Central 31-20. Tracy is used all over the field by the Hawks. You can see in his highlights they line him up in the slot, in the backfield, as well as out wide. He’s got good speed and flashes a real ability to make people miss. Hawkeye fans will note the video starts with a clip of him blocking downfield on a run play.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any official stats at this point. My unofficial count from the video has him at 5 carries for 63 yards and 3 catches for 45 yards. One of the rushes was cut short as it’s a highlight tape and moments after Tracy lost a fumble.

**Update: Per Blair Sanderson at Rivals, Tracy finished with 9 catches for 105 yards and 9 rushes for 59 yards.

Tracy’s younger cousin, class of 2019 commit Larry Tracy, plays defensive back for the same Decatur Central team. He racked up a handful of tackles and broke up a couple passes, as well as forcing and recovering a fumble near his own goal line. I also had him down for 2 catches for 20 yards and a KO return for 27 yards. You can see his full highlight video here.

Anthony Torres

Pos: TE

Hometown: Mishawaka, Indiana

Ht: 6’6”

Wt: 235 lbs

After transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season, Torres suffered an injury that forced him to miss a good portion of their camp. He has since returned home to Mishawaka and re-joined his Penn High School team. Unfortunately, the injury kept him out of their week one game, which Penn lost to Valpraiso 12-7. Penn’s lone touchdown came from class of 2018 Iowa LB target Paul Moala.

We’ll update you when we have more information regarding the injury to Torres and the timetable for his return.

Recruits from the states of Pennsylvania and Illinois kick off their seasons in two weeks. While some Iowa high schools started their seasons last week, both Solon and Iowa City West and their Iowa commits will start their seasons this Friday night. We’ll keep you updated each week with performance recaps as well as updated season-long stats where available.

As a reminder, here’s the complete list of commitments to-date in the class of 2018.

Iowa Football Class of 2018 Commitments

Name Pos Hometown Ht Wt Stars Commitment Date Signing Period
Name Pos Hometown Ht Wt Stars Commitment Date Signing Period
Jeff Jenkins OL Crystal Lake, IL 6'4" 272 3 1/22/2017 Early
Dillon Doyle LB Iowa City, IA 6'3" 215 3 3/20/2017 Early
Henry Geil RB Green Bay, WI 6'0" 211 3 4/23/2017 Early
Tyrone Tracy Jr. ATH Indianapolis, IN 6'0" 187 3 4/29/2017 Early
Tyler Linderbaum DT Solon, IA 6'2" 255 3 5/1/2017 Early
Samson Evans ATH Crystal Lake, IL 6'1" 190 2 5/21/2017 Early
Terry Roberts DB Erie, PA 5'10" 169 3 6/5/2017 Early
Cody Ince OL Balsam Lake, WI 6'5" 260 3 6/19/2017 Early
Jack Plumb TE Green Bay, WI 6'8" 245 3 6/26/2017 Early
Noah Shannon DT Oswego, IL 6'2" 285 3 7/4/2017 Early
DJ Johnson DB Indianapolis, IN 6'0" 170 3 8/22/2017 Late*
Julius Brents DB Indianapolis, IN 6'2" 180 4 9/1/2017 Late*
John Waggoner DE West Des Moines, IA 6'5" 245 4 12/5/2017 Early
Calvin Lockett WR Largo, FL 6'2" 170 3 12/13/2017 Early
Spencer Petras QB Kentfield, CA 6'5" 225 4 12/15/2017 Early
Dallas Craddieth DB Florrisant, MO 6'1" 180 4 12/20/2017 Early
Seth Benson LB Sioux Falls, SD 6'1" 210 2 12/21/2017 Early
Nico Ragaini WR West Haven, CT 6'0" 190 3 1/8/2017 NA
Logan Klemp LB Jewell, IA 6'3" 210 2 2/2/2018 Late
Kaevon Merriweather S Belleville, MI 6'2" 195 2 2/2/2018 Late
Jayden McDonald LB Suwanee, GA 6'1" 210 3 2/5/2018 Late