The best Hawkeye football teams are built on talent from within the state as a solid foundation. If this year’s crop of future Hawkeyes from within the state’s borders is any indication, there are going to be some really good Iowa football teams in the near future.
Iowa’s second commitment in the class of 2021 came way back in June of 2019 and it was from a local product just up the road in Cedar Rapids. Connor Colby was a highly sought after offensive lineman as junior to-be and now as a graduating senior we see why.
Today, he’s officially a Hawkeye.
At 6’6” and 275 pounds, Colby has an excellent frame as an offensive tackle. He’s got the reach, the footwork and the lower body strength to hold up to a pass rush with the athleticism to get out in space and find contact in the run game. He shows a great ability to move his feet and a tremendous finish.
Those traits garnered the Kennedy product 4 stars from both Rivals and 247 Sports, as well as a multitude of power 5 offers. Those included the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa State and Virginia Tech.
During his senior season, Colby spent much of his time at right tackle. That’s a solid bet for a starting spot when he arrives in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes lose Alaric Jackson and likely Coy Cronk this year, but return plenty of talented depth along the line. Expect Colby to continue building on his big frame and be ready to contribute as early as 2022.
Colby is one of 10 commitments for Iowa that hail from the Hawkeye state, but he’s the one that got the ball rolling. He’s also one of four offensive linemen expected to sign during the early period. He’s joined by fellow 4-stars David Davidkov and Beau Stephens, as well as Illinois native Gennings Dunker.
Welcome aboard, officially, Connor Colby!