The recruiting calendar is a year-round process, and the Hawkeyes staff are busy building off a solid finish to the 2017 class. While some of the Big Ten West rivals such as Minnesota and Northwestern are already in the teens in the number of recruits, the Hawkeyes are still searching for the ‘right’ recruits to join #swarm18.
The recruiting cycle for Iowa began with the early commitment from Wisconsin linebacker Mike Bruner. Since that time he has chosen to re-open up his recruitment. But, the Hawkeyes had secured the commitments of Iowa linebacker Dillon Doyle and Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins.
In the last week, a major boom in the class has occurred. First with power running back Henry Geil out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The tailback is currently rated on 24/7 Sports as the #7 player in Wisconsin, and the 65th running back in the country.
Geil could compete early as this is Heisman hopeful Akrum Wadley’s last go-around in Iowa City, and the heir apparent is up for grabs. Current incumbents currently on campus include Toks Akinribade, Toren Young and the group coming to school this Fall in Kyshaun Bryan and Ivory Kelly-Martin.
In any event, it will be a fun position group to monitor in the Fall of 2018.
The next in the series of good news to come the Hawkeyes way was the commitment of Tyrone Tracy out of Indianapolis.
Tracy is currently the 8th ranked player in Indiana per 24/7 Sports. While currently at running back, speculation is he would fit in at Iowa at wide receiver. With the current state of the position, early playing time could easily gained, and a talent like Tracy could also play as a freshmen.
The most recent pledge to the Hawks was Iowa defensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum joins Dillon Doyle as the Iowa natives thus far in the 2018 class.
With the departures of Jaleel Johnson to the Minnesota Vikings and Faith Ekakitie to the CFL potentially, the future in the interior of the line on defense has to step up, and the additions in 2017 include Daviyon Nixon, and presumptive future Hawkeye star AJ Epenesa.
Late April and early May were kind to the Hawkeyes. With the Summer months coming, and the trend for many to make their pledges before the start of their senior seasons, are we due for more?