Here's our weekly visit from HawkeyeReport.com's Tom Kakert.
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Since the end of the regular season, the Hawkeye coaches, including Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, have been on the road visiting high school prospects, along with their coaches and parents, making their sales pitch to sign with Iowa in early February. They have also hosted several of those prospects on official visits to the Iowa campus during the month of December.
Many times the holiday season also means decision time for high school football prospects. Call it a present to their families to let them know where they will be attending college in the fall.
The Hawkeyes currently stand at 16 verbal commitments with the class expected to include as many as six more prospects.
The question is who will the final six presents be under the Iowa Football tree this year and will some of those gifts be opened up before the holiday weekend?
One of the big mysteries from this year’s recruiting class is if Iowa would take a quarterback and who that signal caller might be. The mystery seems to be getting closer to being solved after the Hawkeyes hosted a pair of quarterbacks this on the last weekend before the dead period. One of the guests was Patton Robinette, who is a soft verbal commitment to North Carolina. Since the Tar Heels coaching change the Tennessee native is looking around and is also apparently taking a look at Vanderbilt.
The other quarterback in town was JUCO prospect Cody Sokol, who has ties to the state of Iowa. Sokol currently calls Arizona home and played this past season at Scottsdale Community College where he completed 253 of 424 passes for 3,807 yards and 43 touchdowns. Following his visit, Sokol said he hopes to make his decision in the next week or so and is weighing offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, and Florida International.
Iowa also recently hosted Ohio prep quarterback Eric Williams on an official visit. Williams doesn’t hold a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes, but the St. Ignatius High School product could be an option for Iowa if one of their top choices falls through.
Two prospects set to make their college choices in early January are a pair of four star players, running back Greg Garmon and linebacker Quanzell Lambert.
Garmon, who hails from Erie, PA, says he is down to Iowa, Miami (FL), and Arkansas as his top three choices. He indicated that he grew up a fan of the Hurricanes, but Iowa still has a strong shot at earning his verbal commitment. Garmon is set to make his decision at the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in Phoenix, AZ on January 3rd.
Lambert, who is from Sicklerville, NJ, says his final three schools are Iowa, Rutgers, and Nebraska. He says his decision will be coming in early January and there could be a possibility that he announces his choice at the Semper Fidelis All American game along with Garmon.
Iowa has made wide receiver a big priority in this class and with three verbal commitments, they are looking to add to that total. A name to watch in the next few weeks is three star prospect Malik Golden. He has made an official visit this past month to Iowa. Golden is a soft verbal commit to Penn State, but given the troubles in Happy Valley, he is looking at his options. UConn is also in the mix for the Connecticut native.
With two commits to the offensive line, Iowa might like to add one more to the fold and they hope it will come from the state of Colorado. Iowa has been making a push for 6-foot-4 and 295 pound four star prospect Joey O’Connor. Coach Reese Morgan has been out to visit twice in the past month and O’Connor is considering a visit to Iowa. However it appears Ohio State could be in the lead with an official visit to Columbus set for January 13th.
Iowa’s best shot for an offensive line commitment might be Alex Kozan. The 6-foot-4 and 295 pound guard from Castle Rock, CO visited Iowa this fall and appears to be down to Auburn, Iowa, and Michigan. Kozan indicated this past week after his trip to Auburn that he could make his decision before Christmas.With a limited number of scholarships still available this will be a very interesting stretch run for the Iowa coaching staff with respect to which positions they fill and who those prospects might be.