Iowa football: Hawks land Tristan Wirfs’ successor after visit

The Iowa football squad has added another member to their 2020 recruiting class. This time, an offensive tackle from Kansas.

Kirk Ferentz keeps adding pieces to his already strong 2020 recruiting class for the Iowa football team and just found another in Mason Richman. The senior from Stilwell, Kansas primarily played his high school career as a defensive end but is being recruited as an offensive tackle.

He has a three-star rating per 247Sports and is ranked as the 5th best recruit in the state of Kansas. Richman holds offers from approximately a dozen schools and was at the Iowa skills camp back on June 2. He didn’t leave with an offer like 2021 commit Gennings Dunker did but it was enough for him to schedule an official visit.

Richman visited Iowa the same weekend that four-star offensive tackle Connor McLaughlin did and verbally committed on Wednesday. He’s got great size already standing 6-6, 250 pounds and once he gets to work with strength and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle, he should be able to beef up fairly quickly.

When I watch his film, which consists of mostly defensive highlights, I have to translate his strengths into how he would make a good offensive tackle. So what the heck are those traits? I see a guy who has solid footwork and overpowers the offensive lineman. His size and strength jump off the page.

He’s pretty quick for someone as big as he is which will be good for getting off the line to block pass rushers. Richman is the 11th recruit for the 2020 class which improved from 22nd to 21st in the country and jumped up one spot to 4th in the Big Ten.

The Hawks have three offensive linemen as part of this class. If they could somehow land Connor McLaughlin, they would set themselves up quite nicely for several years.