It turns out we closed the book on "Hawkeye Recruiting Tailgater Weekend 2k15" a bit early, because Iowa wasn't done taking in commits. On Monday morning, the Hawkeyes added a second East Coast wideout in Frank Darby, a 6'1, 180-pound receiver out of Jersey City, N.J. Darby has been given a three-star rating by 247 and two-star grade from Rivals. He held offers from Pitt, Syracuse and a host of MAC-ish programs like Buffalo and UMass.
I'm blessed to say that I am committed to the university of Iowa pic.twitter.com/CaPThCLQyp— septe〽️ber 8⃣ (@frank_darby) June 22, 2015
Darby's production wasn't exactly stellar as a junior; he caught just 19 passes, according to Rivals. But those 19 catches resulted in 532 yards, an absurd 28 yards per catch, with seven going for touchdowns. Those aren't Damond Powell JUCO numbers, but they're close. Not surprisingly, Iowa sees him as a deep threat.
Darby's commitment makes 16 players currently in Iowa's 2016 recruiting class, 12 of which have committed in June. The scary part is that Iowa's not done yet. Three-star defensive end Romeo McKnight has said he plans on announcing his college decision later this month, with everyone thinking he'll be headed to Iowa. Safety Jarrett Cole, Iowa's most likely commit with a big offer sheet, has said he intends to announce his decision before his senior season begins. Wide receiver Noah Ellison and linebacker Kristian Welch also look to be teetering, and could fall into Iowa's class at any moment. There haven't been many players in this class who look like they can help the Hawkeyes immediately, but the stockpiling remains impressive.