The Iowa Hawkeyes have been heavily focused on filling out the class of 2019 of late. They hosted their first big official visit day less than a week ago and saw the immediate fruits of their labor, adding three of the four official visitors to the class and the fourth publicly stating he nearly committed as well.
With those additions, the class of 2019 stands at 13 members. It is likely to only have 18-20 commitments in total. With so few available scholarships remaining and the staff zeroing in on their top targets in the class, they’ve been able to get a head start on the 2020 class.
That’s started with the QB position, where the addition of former offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe as a dedicated QB coach has paid big dividends. It was instrumental in landing 4-star Spencer Petras of California in the 2018 class and it helped them lure 3-star Alex Padilla out of Colorado in 2019.
Now, the Hawkeyes head back to the great state of Texas as they’ve got their QB in the class of 2020.
Hogan is a big time QB prospect from the state of Texas. While both Rivals and 247 currently have him as a 3-star recruit, he grades out on the high end of that ranking and is inside the top 20 at the position according to both services. It would not be surprising to see him upgraded if he continues to progress during his junior season.
As it stands, Hogan is a very good pro-style quarterback. At 6’4”, he has good size and solid mechanics for a player only entering his junior season. Like many other quarterbacks today, he has worked primarily out of the shotgun, but he shows a solid ability early to read a defense and a knack for fitting the ball into tight spaces. His video shows a lot more work over the middle and into coverage than most high school footage, especially for a sophomore season. It will be interesting to follow his development over the next two years before he is in Iowa City to see how he progresses with his mechanics, decision-making and deep ball.
Hogan chose the Hawkeyes over offers from 9 other schools already, including Baylor, Boston College, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Syracuse. It’s likely that list will continue to grow as his skill progress.
Hogan becomes the first commitment in the class of 2020 for Iowa. He’s also the earliest commitment at the quarterback position since the advent of the Rivals recruiting database, committing a full five months before the next earliest commit: current starter Nate Stanley. He will join 2017 QB commit Peyton Mansell as QBs from Texas on the roster who don the number 2.
Now that he’s on board with the Hawkeyes, Hogan figures to play a key role helping Iowa fill out their recruiting class of 2020. He’s likely to be the only QB taken in the group, which puts him in the driver’s seat for recruiting his future teammates.
Welcome aboard Deuce Hogan!