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Iowa Football Recruiting: Class of 2021 Commitments Week 1 Recap

High school football kicked off this weekend. Let’s take a look at how these future Hawkeyes faired.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 27 Holiday Bowl - USC v Iowa Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 1 of high school football kicked off and several future Hawkeyes began their senior season. Each week we will examine stats, future opponents, and highlight videos.

Note: Illinois and Minnesota plan to play high school football in the spring


Jeff Bowie, DE

Hometown: West Branch, IA (West Branch)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 242

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bowie helped lead West Branch to a 17-8 victory over Tipton. He totaled 3.5 tackles with 3 TFL and 0.5 sack. The West Branch Bears (1-0) will travel to West Liberty (1-0) next week.

Brody Brecht, WR

Hometown: Ankeny, IA (Ankeny)

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 200

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

The multi-sport standout started his season with 3 receptions for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns as Ankeny beat Ankeny Centennial 48-6. Brecht has outstanding size and body control. Unless you decide to double him each play, I’m not sure how teams are going to keep him out of the end zone during the game.

Next week Ankeny (1-0) will travel to Waukee (0-1).

Arland Bruce, WR

Hometown: Ankeny, IA (Ankeny) *Previously Olathe, KS (Olathe North)

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 192

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

On Friday morning, Bruce found out that the Iowa High School Athletic Association had ruled him ineligible to play. Bruce and his mother moved from Kansas to Iowa in August. The Bruce family has hired a lawyer and is appealing the decision.

Bruce went after the IHSAA on Twitter and seems to have a pretty good argument for being allowed to play. You would imagine that during a pandemic, those in charge would be a little more understanding. Not only should they be understanding, but apparently they would not even return contact with Bruce or the attorney on Friday.

Connor Colby, OL

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA (Kennedy)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 275

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4

Colby helped the Cougars gain 459 yards of offense, 376 on the ground, as they earned a 35-34 overtime victory over Prairie. It appears he is able to move defensive lineman around like he does fallen trees.

Next Friday, Cedar Rapids Kennedy (1-0) will play against Cedar Rapids Washington (1-0).

Cooper DeJean, ATH

Hometown: Ida Grove, IA (OABCIG)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 198

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

DeJean is a defensive back recruit for Iowa, but at OABCIG he is the do-it-all quarterback. DeJean was 19-31 passing for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns this week against Ridge View. He also had 9 carries for 56 yards with 3 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively he helped the Falcons pitch a shutout, 48-0, while recording 3 tackles.

On Friday OABCIG (1-0) will be at home against Spirit Lake (0-1). Our advanced condolences to their defensive coordinator for trying to come up with a way to slow down DeJean.

Jaden Harrell, LB

Hometown: Urbandale, IA (Urbandale)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 220

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Harrell and his Urbandale teammates picked up a 50-34 victory over Johnston in Week 1. He recorded 3 tackles on defense and also contributed with 7 carries, 69 yards, and a touchdown on the ground. In Week 2, the the J-Hawks (1-0) will travel to Ames (0-1).

Keagan Johnson, WR

Hometown: Bellevue, NE (Bellevue West)

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 188

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bellevue West opens their season on September 4th when they face off against Bellevue East.

Joey Labas, QB

Hometown: Broadview Heights, OH (Brecksville-Broadview Heights)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 190

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 2

After a thunderstorm delayed kickoff, Labas completed 11 of his 22 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in their 35-21 victory over Aurora. Labas also gained 15 yards on the ground for the Bees and even had a reception for a two-point conversion. His size really stands out on film. On the second play from the video below, he easily flicks the ball downfield without needing to get his feet or body into prime position.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights (1-0) will be at home to play agianst Hudson next week.

Griffin Liddle, DT

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA (Bettendorf)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 275

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Liddle recorded 4 tackles, with 3 of as TFL, but it wasn’t enough as Bettendorf fell to Washington 10-19. The Bulldogs (0-1) have a bye this week and then look to bounce back at home when they host Davenport Central (0-1).

Max Llewellyn, DE

Hometown: Urbandale, IA (Urbandale)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 230

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

As mentioned earlier, Urbandale got the Week 1 victory and Llewellyn stood out on both sides of the ball. Defensively he accounted for 5 tackles, 4 TFL, and 2 sacks. On offense, he led the J-Hawks through the air with 4 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Llewellyn is a rangy player who displays an excellent burst for someone of his size. He’s a player I could see rising up the recruiting rankings as the season progresses.

Jordan Oladokun, DB

Hometown: Tampa, FL (Gaither)

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 180

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Gaither opens their season on September 11th when they face off against Hillsborough.

Beau Stephens, OL

Hometown: Blue Springs, MO (Blue Springs)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 305

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Stephens and his Blue Springs teammates out gained Liberty both on the ground and through the air, but four turnovers contributed to the 28-46 loss. On defense, Stephens recorded a single solo tackle. Blue Springs (0-1) will play at Raymore-Peculiar (1-0) next week.

Zach Twedt, ATH

Hometown: Story City, IA (Roland-Story)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 225

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Roland-Story fell in Week 1 to South Hamilton, 8-42. Twedt had 7.5 tackles on defense and totaled 17 yards on 11 carries offensively. The Norseman look to get their first win of the season on Friday when they host Nevada (1-0).


Spring Season

The following commits have had their senior seasons postponed until the spring.

David Davidkov, OL

Hometown: Winnetka, IL (New Trier)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 290

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4

Gennings Dunker, OL

Hometown: Lena, IL (Lena-Winslow)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 290

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Jeremiah Pittman, DE

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL (St. Viator)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 260

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Justice Sullivan, LB

Hometown: Eden Praire, MN (Eden Praire)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 225

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4


With the Hawkeyes season currently on hold, which committed recruit are you predicting to have a breakout game in Week 2?