Hometown: Maroa, Illinois
247 Sports Composite Rating: 3-star
Other Offers: Duke, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois
Caring Is Creepy: Have a Seat Jack Hockaday
Obviously, at 205, Hockaday likely needs to add some weight before he sees the field as a Big Ten linebacker -- but there's also plenty of time for him to do so. In the highlights, Hockaday reminded me a bit of former Iowa SS Tyler Sash. Part of it was the #9, sure, but it was also in the way he read the ball on pass plays and found himself in position to make a play, as well as in his tackling and even in some of his open-field moves on offense. Hockaday may not have the foot speed or recovery ability to be a pure safety, but he does seem to fit the new mold of quicker, faster, more coverage-ready linebackers that Iowa has been moving toward of late, as well as the hybrid safety-linebacker role that Iowa has tinkered with at times. Hockaday seems like an intriguing talent and a fine addition to Iowa's 2015 class.
COMPARABLE. Ross used he Sash comparison already and that's a good one. Another could be James Morris. Hockaday is coming in about the same size as Morris and could end up in the middle of the field after a year of development.