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As the 2015 cycle rolls toward the finish line, Iowa gets a much-needed defensive end commitment.

Iowa got the 15th commitment for its Class of 2015 -- and first since July 31 -- when Missouri-based athlete/defensive end Michael Slater Jr. announced his intention to play for the Hawkeyes Wednesday night.  Slater chose the Hawkeyes over what can only be described as a murderer's row of other offers: Arkansas State, Buffalo, Illinois and something called Austin Peay.  Kansas State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Purdue allegedly showed interest, but Iowa was the only thing approximating a Power 5 offer.

EDIT: Embedding the video doesn't seem to be working, but you can CLICK HERE to watch the highlights.

Slater, who currently stands 6'3 and weighs 245 pounds, received three-star ratings from 247 Sports and Scout and a two-star grade from Rivals.  He plays linebacker and fullback for Parkway Central and projects at defensive end -- he might actually be too big to play linebacker already -- so there is going to be a learning curve regardless.

Iowa's Class of 2015 is closing down -- the Hawkeyes have only three to six scholarships remaining, depending on who you ask -- and a class that began in the trenches is only piling on.  Of Iowa's 15 commits, seven are projected on the offensive or defensive line, and that's not counting still-undecided-but-Iowa-leaning defensive tackle Raequan Williams.  And if you think I added this paragraph just to put a Raequan on BHGP, you are absolutely correct.