HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert checks in with his weekly look at Iowa recruiting, football and basketball.
Iowa football is starting to scout around the 2014 class.
This week the Hawkeyes extended scholarship offers to a pair of prospects in the Chicago area.
The first offer went to quarterback Clayton Thorson from Wheaton, IL. The 6-foot-4 and 195 pound prospect has also picked up an early offer from Northwestern. Thorson has been splitting time at quarterback this season and has attended Iowa’s football camp the past two years. He attended Iowa’s game against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field and will be making his way to Iowa City this weekend.
The other offer went to Mikale Wilbon from Chicago, who attends De LaSalle High School. Wilbon, who at 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds has draw comparisons to Ray Rice, rushed for 327 yards and four touchdowns in his first game of the season. He followed that up with 170 yards and four more touchdowns on just nine carries. Wilbon has also picked up an early offer from Purdue and is hearing from Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State. He plans to make a visit to Iowa City in the near future.
Two prospects from the Class of 2014 with scholarship offers were supposed to visit last weekend, but ended up not making the trip. Receiver prospects Dominique Booth and Austin Roberts, both from Indiana, had to cancel their visit because their high school games scheduled last Friday night were postponed due to weather (lighting) and were re-scheduled for Saturday morning. The inclement weather also prevented 2013 Iowa commits David Kenney and John Kenny from making the trip to Iowa City. Both are also from Indiana and Kenney is a high school teammate of Booth.
2014 IN-STATE PROSPECTS VISIT IOWA
While weather prevented a few out of state prospects from visiting the top four prospects in the Class of 2014 from the state of Iowa made the trip.
Leading that group was 6-foot-4 and 275 pound offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher from Cedar Falls,IA. He was joined by his teammate and 2013 Iowa commit, tight end Ike Boettger on the trip. By the way, Boettger had a strong performance last Friday night with four catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Indianola native Keegan Render made his first trip to Kinnick Stadium for a game. The Hawkeyes offered the 6-foot-3 and 310 pound guard prospect this summer after seeing him at camp.
Jay Scheel from La Porte City, IA, who Rivals.com lists as an athlete, also made the trip. Scheel has been a frequent visitor to Iowa City in the past few months. He has offers from both Iowa and Iowa State and both schools are looking at him as a receiver.
The last visitor was wide receiver prospect Allen Lazard. The 6-foot-4 and 195 pound prospec arrived a little late to the game because he was taking the ACT early in the day, but enjoyed his visit. His experience is a little more unique than other prospects because his father played for Iowa State and his older brother is redshirting with the Cylcones this year. He said he will make another trip to Iowa City and will be visiting Ames this weekend. He has scholarship offers from both schools.
HOOPS RECRUITING UPDATE
Iowa appears to be putting on their full court press off the court on 2013 prospect E.C. Matthews. The Hawkeyes hosted Matthews and his mother for an official visit this past weekend. By all accounts, the visit went very well according to Nate Oates, the head coach at Romulus High School.
The Hawkeyes followed up very quickly by making their way to Detroit on Sunday evening for an in-home visit with Matthews and his family. While he didn’t commit, Coach Oates says Iowa will be right there when he makes his decision. This weekend, Oates will be taking Matthews on an unofficial visit to Marquette. Xavier head coach Chris Mack visited Romulus High School this week and Matthews indicated he would like to take an official visit there later this fall. Minnesota also remains in the running for the Rivals 100 prospect.This weekend Iowa will be hosting several targets on unofficial visits. Those expected to be in town include 2014 Illinois forwards Michael Finke and Malek Harris. Harris was ranked #121 in Rivals recently released 2014 rankings. Also visiting this weekend is 2015 guard prospect Grant Graham from North Scott High School.