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Iowa Football Recruiting: Hawkeyes Land Commitment from 4-Star Indianapolis DB Julius Brents

The Iowa Hawkeyes continue to gain momentum on the recruiting trail as they land a commitment from class of 4-star DB Julius Brents in the class of 2018.

Via @Jbrents_18

It’s the first game week of the year in Iowa City and most Hawkeye fans have their attention focused squarely on the Wyoming Cowboys. But the return of football in Kinnick Stadium isn’t the only good football news for Iowa fans this week.

After delaying his decision a couple weeks ago, 4-star Indianapolis safety prospect Julius Brents announced he’ll be joining the Hawkeyes’ class of 2018 via Twitter today.

Along with fellow Indianapolis native DJ Johnson, Brents was atop the Hawkeyes’ big board we ran a couple weeks ago. The two are friends and were made a top priority by the Iowa staff, and recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell in particular, quite some time ago.

Brents is a 4-star by several recruiting services and projects as a safety at the college level. He’s got good size at 6’2” and 180 lbs and he plays tough, physical football out of the secondary. He sniffs out plays and is really strong in run support. You have to love the clips of him shedding blockers and making a play on the ball-carrier. He’s quick and athletic to makes plays on the ball and isn’t afraid to come up strong to make a tackle.

Brents had a number of power 5 offers, but ultimately chose the Hawkeyes over his other top 6, which included Michigan State, Louisville, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt and the home school of Indiana.

The addition of Brents brings Iowa’s class of 2018 to 13 commitments. Brents is the third defensive back, joining Pennsylvania native Terry Roberts and fellow Indianapolis native DJ Johnson, who committed to the Hawkeyes a little over a week ago. Brents joins the class as the highest rated recruit according to Rivals.

Here’s a look at where things stand with the class of 2018 from a positional standpoint:

Brents joins a growing contingent of Indiana preps making the jump to Iowa in the upcoming classes. In addition to Brents and Johnson, Iowa already has commitments from Tyrone Tracy from the Indianapolis area and Anthony Torres from Mishawaka (near South Bend) in the class of 2018. In 2019, the Hawkeyes already have a commitment from Tyrone’s cousin, Larry Tracy. The two prep together at Decatur Central, along with Tyrone’s younger brother Kenny Tracy who already has some interest from Iowa (in case you were wondering, there is another Tracy brother in 7th grade as well).

Iowa is also working hard to land one of the premier WR recruits in the country in the 2019 class. David Bell is friends with most of the above and Brents’ teammate at Warren Central. So is offensive tackle prospect Justin Britt. This could be quite the pipeline Bell and the staff have established.

Here’s the full list of commitments to-date in this cycle:

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

Congratulations to Mr. Brents! Welcome to the family and Go Hawks!