Following a season where the Hawkeyes has a pair of tight ends named to the All-America ranks, it’s logical to assume they might have some success on the recruiting trail. And while that success came largely after the staff had secured the bulk of the recruiting class, the assumption still holds.
One of the earliest members of Iowa’s class of 2019 was tight end Logan Lee, who verballed to the Hawkeyes in June of 2017. At the time, Lee was rated as a 4-star by at least one recruiting service and while he’s now a 3-star universally, it’s safe to say the on-field production from Iowa’s tight ends has translated to the recruiting trail.
Today, those commitments turn into Hawkeyes as the NLIs are signed and delivered.
He plays Tough, Smart, and Physical-Lee – TE Logan Lee | #Swarm19 https://t.co/wAIrCXFeUH pic.twitter.com/TMdyu5SvgL— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 19, 2018
Logan Lee wasn’t just an early commit, he’s a big one both figuratively and literally. Being a highly rated talent helped get the ball rolling for the class early.
One of the reasons for that high rating is the big frame. Lee has great size at 6’5” and 225 pounds as a senior. He isn’t the fastest tight end in the class, but he’s an excellent blocker and moves well for his size. He has very good hands and does a great job using his body to create space.
Despite missing half his senior season with a ruptured spleen, Lee finished the year with 442 receiving yards and 10 TDs on 26 catches (17.0 ypc). He also had 46 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks on the defensive side of the ball.
That impressive output has led to some speculation Lee could end up as a defensive end. While he certainly has the talent, there appears to be more depth on the defensive line than at tight end currently, especially if T.J. Hockenson decides to leave early for the NFL.
With the addition of Sam LaPorta just last night, Lee is one of three tight ends committed in the class of 2019 (the third being Josiah Miamen). Interestingly, all three hail from the state of Illinois (Lee from Orion, Miamen from Dunlap and LaPorta from Highland).
Welcome aboard, officially, Logan Lee.