Now that the Iowa football season has come to a close, I decided to take a look at some of the recruits the Hawkeyes are bringing in in the class of 2016. We’ll continue today with Toks Akinribade.
After Iowa’s linebacker coach, Jim Reid, decided it was best for him to depart and take the defensive coordinator spot at Boston College, some speculated whether or not the Iowa Football program would lose Akinribade. Toks was recruited by Reid and had already scheduled a visit to Indiana.
Well, the 6′ 205 pound Akinribade was scheduled to visit the Hoosiers this upcoming weekend, but has since cancelled his visit. He plans to stick with the Hawkeyes, but has not completely ruled out a visit to Bloomington, Indiana.
What worries me most is that Akinribade is an Indiana kid, he’s from Brownsburg, Indiana which is only about an hour and 15 minutes north of the Indiana campus. Late in the process if he decides it’s best for him to stay close to home, this is likely his option, but he remains solid on the Hawkeyes. Toks finished his senior year with 226 rushing attempts, 1.424 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
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Currently, Rivals has him listed as a three star recruit and the 31st ranked player at the athlete (ATH) spot in the country. He’s a fairly big kid for being in high school at 205 pounds and he already runs a 4.4 40 yard dash.
On film he’s faster and bigger than everyone else. When he gets into space he has the ability to make people miss, as well as run them over. He’s slippery when he gets on the edges and is great in the open field. This is something Iowa doesn’t have a lot of on their team outside of Akrum Wadley.
He’ll arrive at Iowa with that 205 pound frame and will only get bigger. The only hope is he remains as fast as he is. Iowa needs big play running backs as the game of college football continues to change.
Toks also doesn’t mind sticking his nose in there and hitting somebody. With this balance of size and speed, he could be a really special talent in Iowa City. The one thing he will need to work on is his pass catching ability.
National Signing Day is set for Wednesday February 3rd, so Hawkeye fans have a little under a month to wait on his decision. Akinribade doesn’t have to sign on that Wednesday, but that is when NSD takes place.
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