Less than two weeks to go before opening day. A recent surprise on the recruiting trail only increases the excitement around the program, pessimist Ben aside. Today we look at a couple number, hopefully lucky, 13s.
Henry Marchese — RS Sophomore
Vernon Hills, IL (Lincolnshire Stevenson)
6’3”, 196 lbs
2019 Projection: Reserve Defensive Back
Joe Evans — RS Freshman
Ames, IA (Ames)
6’2”, 240 lbs
2019 Projection: Reserve Defensive End
Marchese is a Hawkeye legacy. His father John was a running back at Iowa in the mid-80’s. He came to Iowa as a wide receiver but after last season, he has switched over to the defensive side of the ball.
He has some good size so we’ll see if time with Coach Parker can make him a valuable contributor. Marchese is athletic and was seen working out with the baseball team over the winter. In 2017, he was drafted in the 34th round by the San Diego Padres. Time will tell if he becomes a multi-sport player.
Evans comes to Iowa from the backyard of our neighbors out west. His father Spence was also a Hawkeye. In high school, Evans was the quarterback and a linebacker at Ames High School. His recruitment came down to Iowa and Iowa State with the Hawkeyes ultimately winning out.
While initially projected to be a linebacker at Iowa, he has found some success as an edge rusher despite his limited size. If Amani Jones has success in his new edge spot, that may open up opportunities for players like Evans and Dillon Doyle to move up from the linebacker position and bring some speed and power to attack the quarterback.