Here’s a timely piece from HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert.
Iowa has a new recruit today, perhaps. The Iowa football Twitter account shouted out that Iowa has a “new member of the family.” This usually means recruit.
Iowa could gain a few commitments this week. It’s camp week.
Camp could yield future Hawkeyes
This week is “Camp Week” for the Hawkeyes. High school prospects from around the country will be running drills and receiving instruction from the Hawkeye coaching staff.
While teaching is one of the goals of the coaches, they will also be looking closely at each and every player hoping to find the always elusive diamond in the rough that comes out of nowhere and impresses the coaches enough to pick up a scholarship offer.
Coaches cannot “officially” extend the scholarship offer during camp, but they can let the prospect know as they head home to check their mailbox in the coming days.
One of the best examples of coming to camp and turning heads was Austin Vier, who played quarterback for Ballard High School in Huxley, IA. Vier came to Iowa’s camp and worked at tight end. He left enough of an impression that coach Kirk Ferentz told him a scholarship offer was coming and it arrived a few days later in the mail.
Vier’s playing career was cut short due to injuries, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he came to camp in the summer of 2009 chasing a dream and caught it with strong camp performance.
Over the years Iowa fans have seen this play out many times. Sometimes the offer comes quickly, like it did for Vier or Julian Vandervelde, who was offered a grayshirt opportunity heading into his senior year. Other times the prospect gets on Iowa’s radar based on a camp performance and picks up the offer once they get into their senior season, like Linn Mar prep Andy Kuempel did back in 2004. Or in some cases, the prospect ends up with a last-minute offer just before signing day, an offer that was helped by a good showing in camp. Back in summer of 2006, Marion’s Allen Reisner performed well in Iowa’s summer camp and landed a scholarship offer the night before signing day.
While we wait to see if an in-state prospect emerges from camp, a few names are already starting to pop up after earning a scholarship based on their camp performance. So far the focus has been on out of state prospects.
This past week, 6-foot-6, 255-pound offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf picked up an offer after camping with the Hawkeyes. The Indiana native has an offer from Ball State and will be camping at BYU, Miami, OH, Indiana, and Purdue this month and hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior season.
Another name who is expecting an offer shortly from the Hawkeyes is three star RB prospect Berkley Edwards. His older brother is former Michigan standout wide receiver and NFL veteran Braylon Edwards. The younger Edwards is a track standout who has an unofficial 4.3 in the 40 yard dash. Edwards is also considering Cal, who has already offered. One factor in the Hawkeyes favor is his older brother played for current Iowa wide receivers coach Erik Campbell at Michigan.
RECRUITING NEWS AND NOTES
Iowa has had some good success in recent years when it comes to recruiting the state of Maryland. They hope that success continues after offering speedy athlete Jacquille Veii from Avalon High School in Gaithersburg, MD. The Hawkeyes have also offered his high school teammate, running back Rachid Ibrahim, and the duo hopes to visit Iowa at some point this summer. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Veii has six offers on the table and will likely make his decision this fall.
Last week the Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to Des Moines Lincoln prep Trevon Young. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect likely projects to the defensive end position at the college level and holds offers from Iowa and Iowa State. He camped at Iowa this past weekend and will do the same with the Cyclones this week. Young says he will make his college choice in the next few weeks.
Speaking of the Des Moines area, another prep standout who continues to be high on the Hawkeyes wish list is tight end Jon Wisnieski. The Des Moines Dowling prep recent said that Iowa was in the lead to land his commitment, but he doesn’t appear to be in a rush to make a decision. Wisnieski has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Purdue, and Kansas State.
It appeared for a while that the Hawkeyes were about to pick up 9th commitment to the Class of 2013 when wide receiver prospect Mike Rogers tweeted that he would make his college choice the following day. Rogers picked Bowling Green. His prep coach said academics need cleaning up this summer.
With the addition of former Cedar Rapids Jefferson prep Jarrod Uthoff to the Iowa roster and his anticipated move to scholarship player after a year on the sidelines following his transfer from Wisconin, Coach Fran McCaffery now has one scholarship to give out in the Class of 2013.
Earlier this spring, McCaffery indicated that when he had two rides to give out he would be looking for a 6-foot-5 wing type player who can drive and finish around the rim and then take the best player available. Uthoff fits in the best player available as a former Rivals Top 150 prospect in the Class of 2011.
That leaves the wing spot still to be filled. Could that prospect be Des Moines Valley standout Peter Jok? At 6-foot-5, the former Top Ten player in the Class of 2013 appears to be rounding back into form after a series of knee/leg injuries the past two years. While his national stock has dropped since he has missed a lot of time during national evaluation periods, Iowa is one of the schools that still has an offer out to the talented wing prospect.
The best guess is Coach McCaffery would like to see Jok this summer during the July evaluation period and if it appears he is back on track, then expect the Hawkeyes to make a strong push to land him.
Looking ahead to the future in basketball recruiting, Iowa will have three scholarships to hand out in 2014 and 2015. By nearly filling all of the roster spots early on, McCaffery will be able to use the month of July to evaluate prospects in both of those classes.
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