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Commitment Post: Hawkeyes Land Diante Vines
Welcome, Diante Vines!
Vines comes to Iowa as one of two likely wide receivers in the class of 2020. It says how far Iowa recruiting has come at the position that they are unlikely to need the 3-star out of Connecticut to contribute immediately.
In watching his film, it’s easy to see he’s often times the best athlete on the field. Football is pretty fun when you can run straight down the field, throw your hand up, and have the ball coming your way. Iowa’s had success recruiting in the northeast, with Jordan Canzeri and Nico Ragaini, and the competition-agnostic traits Vines shows are certainly a positive. He has strong hands and solid body control when jumping for the ball. He’s not afraid of contact. He’s multipositional and has succeeded on defense and special teams with 14 all-purpose touchdowns. He finished his senior season with 552 yards on 49 catches.
Rob Howe had him on a recent HN Prospect Pod where he discussed his goal of being a dermatologist.
As for his more immediate future, it’s unlikely he breaks through the depth of talent Iowa has at wide receiver as a true freshman. If there’s a path, it might actually be as a return specialist if Iowa goes away from Max Cooper.
Congratulations again to Diante!
As a reminder, everything you need to know about the early signing period and Iowa’s SWARM 20 can be found in our EARLY SIGNING PERIOD HEADQUARTERS.