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Iowa Football Recruiting: Hawkeyes Land 2021 Illinois OL Gennings Dunker

The Hawkeyes are only about halfway done with the recruiting class of 2020, but that didn’t stop them from getting a start on 2021 as they add a big time OL from the Land of Lincoln tonight.

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Kirk Ferentz has his first commit in the class of 2021.
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With most high schools around the country finished or finishing up, the summer camp circuit is in full swing. For the Iowa Hawkeyes, that meant hosting their own camp in Iowa City today with a slew of prospects in the class of 2020 and beyond. A number of those prospects came to town with offers on hand and even more left with them.

That included Lena, Illinois native Gennings Dunker, an offensive lineman from the same high school as 2020 defensive line commit Isaiah Bruce. Dunker had been to Iowa City before. This time he impressed enough to leave with an offer.

He wasted no time jumping on board as Iowa’s first commitment in the class of 2021.

Dunker is a relative unknown at this point. He’s only going into his junior season at Lena Winslow. He’s got a good frame for his age at 6’4” and 240 pounds. He’ll obviously need to fill out, but that’s not uncommon given his age.

While neither Rivals nor 247 Sports had a profile on Dunker before tonight (EDIT - both have now posted a profile and it looks like he’ll end up a 3-star prospect), a look at his film shows a few of the staples we’ve come to know and love about Iowa offensive linemen. He’s got good feet, often used to pull across the formation. He also has a good looking nasty streak. You can see him finishing through blocks on a consistent basis.

It’s obviously early in the process and Iowa was the first to offer. It’s likely if Dunker progresses the way the Iowa staff obviously sees him, it’s likely he’ll have several more in the coming months and years so this will be one to keep an eye on. With the camp season kicking off, it’s likely we’ll see a number of additional offers and we may have seen the first of a few commits for the Hawkeyes in the class of 2021.

Welcome aboard Gennings Dunker!

Gennings Dunker, OG

Hometown: Lena, IL (Lena Winslow)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 240
Stars: 247 Sports - 3 Rivals - NR