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Iowa Football Recruiting: Hawkeye Commit Recap, Week of Sep. 10

It wasn’t the greatest week of performances for the future Hawkeyes in the class of 2019. There were still plenty of bright spots. We recap each commit’s week here.


The Iowa Hawkeyes rolled to their third victory of the season on Saturday with their best offensive output of the year and another tremendous effort from the defense. For Hawkeye recruits, things were a little more difficult on the gridiron last week.

Here’s a look at how current Hawkeye commits performed over the last week:

Alex Padilla, QB

Hometown: Greenwood Village, CO (Cherry Creek)
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 195
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

After a tremendous showing last week, QB commit Alex Padilla met a little more resistance this week. Top-ranked Cherry Creek traveled to defending state champion Pomona on Thursday night and the matchup delivered on the hype.

Padilla finished with only 113 passing yards on 11 of 21 passing (52.4%), but did find the endzone on the ground. He also delivered a strike for his only passing touchdown to tie the game up in the waning moments.

Video highlights have been difficult to come by, but that touchdown pass is the second clip highlighted below:

Cherry Creek would go on to win 35-34 in overtime, moving the Bruins to 4-0 on the year.

Padilla was right back to work on Sunday, looking to improve on those passing numbers. Here’s a look at some weekend drills.

On the season, Padilla now has 757 passing yards and 8 touchdowns on 61 of 94 passing (64.9%). He also has two rushing touchdowns.

Cherry Creek hosts Chaparral this week.

Tyler Goodson, RB

Hometown: Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett)
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 192
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

In case you missed it, running back commit Tyler Goodson and his North Gwinnett Bulldogs played on national TV Friday night. Originally planned for ESPNU, hurricane Florence prompted a move to ESPN2 in primetime.

Unfortunately for Goodson and the Bulldogs, things didn’t go according to plan as they fell to the Walton Raiders 27-24. While the result was a disappointment, the show was not as Goodson did a little bit of everything. He finished with only 24 rushing yards on 11 carries (2.2 YPC) but found pay dirt twice.

Goodson also showed off his arm, which we’ve seen a couple times now is quite good for a guy who doesn’t start at QB. This time it was a 52-yard bomb.

Goodson also hauled in two catches for twenty yards, including a beautiful catch along the sideline where he high-pointed the ball over his defender and got both feet in on the toe tap.

Unfortunately, none of it was enough for the Bulldogs, who fall to 2-2. They have to be one of the best .500 teams in the country. In addition to Goodson and a handful of other D1 prospects, North Gwinnett’s junior QB J.R. Martin looked pretty impressive on Friday.

On the season, Goodson now has 376 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns on 63 carries for a 6.0 yard per carry average. He’s also got a passing touchdown out of the wildcat. You can view his early season highlights here:

North Gwinnett (2-2) looks to get back on track as they host Discovery this week.

Desmond Hutson, WR

Hometown: Raytown, MO (Raytown)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 195
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Wide receiver commit Desmond Hutson was finally held in check for the first time this season. He finished with only 30 yards on 3 receptions and was held scoreless for the first time all year. That didn’t stop Raytown from rolling to their third win in a row as they downed Williams Chrisman 49-21 Friday.

Hutson now has 333 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns on 16 receptions for a 20.8 yards per catch average on the season.

Raytown, now 3-1, will be at Ruskin this week.

Logan Lee, TE

Hometown: Orion, IL (Orion)
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 225
Stars: 247 Sports - 4 Rivals - 3

Tight end commit Logan Lee was also held in check on the offensive side of the ball. Though in this case, that was more a function of game script as second-ranked Orion cruised to a 56-0 win over Riverdale.

Lee finished with 29 yards on three catches on the offensive side of the ball, but tallied 11 tackles, including 3.5 TFL on defense. He also added three sacks.

On the season, Lee is now up to 139 receiving yards with 4 TDs on 11 catches (12.6 ypc).

Orion looks to continue their quest for the top ranking in Illinois’ class 2A as they travel to Princeton this week.

Jack Campbell, LB

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA (Cedar Falls)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 210
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Linebacker commit Jack Campbell had perhaps the performance of the week (outside the impressive defensive output from Lee). He tallied 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks for Cedar Falls as they improved to 4-0 with a 29-23 victory over third-ranked Bettendorf.

Campbell now has 45 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season. The win was enough to move Cedar Falls up to third in the Iowa class 3A rankings. They’ll be at Dubuque Hempstead this week.

Jestin Jacobs, LB

Hometown: Clayton, OH (Northmont)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 205
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Linebacker commit Jestin Jacobs was back in action this week after missing back-to-back games for Northmont. In his return, Jacobs notched 4 tackles and a sack as Northmont came away with a 43-16 victory over Butler.

Here are a couple highlights for Jacobs.

On the season, Jacobs now has 10 tackles, 1 sack and a fumble recovery in two games played.

Northmont, now 4-0, will be at Wayne this week.

Sebastian Castro, S

Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL (Richards)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 198
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Safety commit Sebastian Castro picked up where he left off a week ago, doing a bit of everything for Richards. With a new transfer quarterback, Castro now lines up primarily at WR on offense, but the Richards staff has found some ways to utilize Castro’s athleticism and arm.

On Friday, that meant lining him up at QB a few times, as well as running some jet sweep actions and throwing out of them. Castro ended up throwing for a pair of touchdowns as Richards moved to 4-0 with a 56-14 victory over Oak Lawn.

Here are the highlights.

No official stats for week four, but on the season Castro had 17 tackles, including 3 TFL, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles through three games. He’s also got 250 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on offense.

Richards (4-0) will host Shepard this week.

Dane Belton, CB/S

Hometown: Tampa, FL (Jesuit)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 185
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Defensive back commit Dane Belton had another very good outing for Tampa Jesuit this week. He notched three tackles in a 23-20 victory over Jefferson, but also added this tremendous interception:

You can see the full highlights below.

Belton now has 10 tackles and Friday’s interception through three games played this season. Jesuit improves to 3-0 with the win. They’ll be at Ridge Community this week.

Jake Karchinski, DE

Hometown: De Pere, WI (West De Pere)
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 245
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Defensive end commit Jake Karchinski had another solid performance this week, totaling 3 tackles, including one for loss, as well as a fumble recovery. West De Pere rolled to a 49-14 victory over Xavier.

You can watch the game in its entirety here:

On the season Karchinski now has 22 tackles, 8 TFL and 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. West De Pere (5-0) will be at Seymour this week.

Jalen Hunt, DE

Hometown: Belleville, MI (Belleville)
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 250
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - 3

Finally, Jalen Hunt and Belleville kept their season perfect with a 26-21 win over Glenn on Friday. As we’ve seen all season, there are no stats available for Hunt.

Belleville (4-0) will host Wayne Memorial this week.

Lineman Notes

Offensive line commit Justin Britt remains sidelined with his torn ACL. Warren Central and top WR target David Bell, who will be visiting Iowa City for the Wisconsin game this weekend, moved to 5-0 on the year with an incredible 70-27 win over Ben Davis Friday. They’ll be at Pike this week.

Fellow lineman commit Noah Fenske and New Hampton lost their fourth straight this week, falling 13-6 to Waverly-Shell Rock. New Hampton (0-4) look to get their season on track as they travel to Forrest City this week.

Elsewhere, offensive lineman Ezra Miller and Ridge View suffered a similar fate, falling 35-6 to Lawton-Bronson. Ridge View (0-4) will host Sioux Central this week.

And finally, lineman Tyler Endres led the way as Norwalk gained nearly 400 yards of total offense, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Oskaloosa 35-14. Now 1-3, Norwalk will be at Carlisle this week.

That’s it for week 4. We’ll be back next week (and every week from here on out) to update you on all the performances.