The Hawkeyes have a new prospect at punter. Or kicker. One of the two.
According to HawkeyeReport.com, kicker/punter Connor Kornbrath, of Bridgeport, WV., is commitment No. 5. The 6-foot-7, 210-pounder had 19 touchbacks, a 51-yard field goal and a state playoff record 47-yarder for Bridgeport last season. Reese Fleming, a cornerback from Chicago who committed to Iowa on Thursday, also said on his Twitter feed that Iowa's newest recruit was a punter from West Virginia.
Jamie Kohl, an ESPN recruiting analyst for special teams and former Iowa State kicker, ranks Kornbrath the No. 10 punter in the nation this season. Here's an excerpt from an ESPN post: "Connor Kornbrath, from Bridgeport, W.Va., had the best afternoon by winning both the kickoff and punting competitions at camp. His winning kickoff went 69 yards and had 4.1 seconds of hang time. His short, two-step approach allowed him to find his rhythm and get into a groove during the drill work phase of camp and it continued on in the punting competition. The 6-foot-6 punter has an FBS frame and should be a punter and kickoff specialist at the next level."
Here is a link to Kohl's current rankings. This site also lists Kornbrath as an Iowa commitment.
This season, Iowa has two contenders at punter, senior Eric Guthrie and redshirt freshman Jonny Mullings. Sophomore Mike Meyer is probably No. 1 kicker, with junior Trent Mossbrucker and true freshman walk-on Marshall Koehn also in the mix.
Kornbrath is Iowa's fifth commitment and fourth this week.
Mitch Keppy, OL, 6-5, 287, Riverdale High School (Port Byron, Ill.)
Cameron Wilson, WR, 6-2, 193, Jerome High School (Dublin, Ohio)
Drew Ott, DE, 6-4, 235, Giltner (Neb.) High School
Maurice Fleming Jr., CB, 6-1, 185, Curie High School (Chicago)Connor Kornbrath, K/P, 6-7, 210, Bridgeport (W.V.) High School