Iowa has had 16 commitments since August. Of course, if your class fills up that early, you’re going to have to play some defense in keeping those commitments, especially when big, sparkly programs like Notre Dame come sniffing around.
HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert has some updates on where some Iowa commitments heads might be with five months — yes, five months — to go before signing day.
EDWARDS MAKING VISITS
After a red hot start on the recruiting trail, part of the method to the madness was to finish up as much of the recruiting efforts for the Class of 2013 prior to the season and then fill in the gaps that have emerged during the season with the few remaining scholarships.
One of the top targets for the Hawkeyes is Berkley Edwards, a speedy running back out of Michigan. Edwards happens to also be the younger brother of former Wolverine and NFL star Braylon Edwards, so he has genetics on his side. Edwards has one thing that the Iowa Football program needs…speed. He’s run a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash and has tremendous burst. Iowa initially recruited Edwards as a slot receiver and have now focused on his future being at running back, which appears to appeal to him much more.
Rivals.com has Edwards rated as a three star prospect and the 9th best all purpose back in the country. He has a pretty clear top three in Iowa, Minnesota, and California. Last weekend he made his official visit to Minnesota and didn’t declare a leader. Next weekend he is scheduled to make his official visit to California. Then he wraps up his trips with a visit to Iowa City starting October 19th for the night game against Penn State. Edwards says he’s in no hurry to make a decision and he may wait to see if a school like LSU, where he visited this summer, might get more involved.
KENNEY LOOKING AROUND?
If you follow recruiting closely, then you probably knew it was only a matter of time before this rumor started gathering steam. After David Kenney committed to the Hawkeyes in early April, his father, David Kenney Sr. was hired by the Indiana Hoosiers in a non-coaching position with the program.
Kenney is a four star prospect from Pike High School in Indiana. His dad is hired his home state school. Couple that with a 2-2 start by the Hawkeye Football team and like I said, you knew this rumor was coming. It was probably going to catch fire anyway given the family ties and it actually got going earlier this month when Kenney, along with fellow Hawkeye commit John Kenny, made an unofficial visit to Bloomington for a Hoosier Football game. Both Kenney and Kenny say they are still committed to Iowa. One thing you learn about recruiting is nothing is ever final until the National Letter of Intent is signed and in this case, it’s probably going to run all the way up to signing day with Kenney.
HILL STILL SOLID WITH IOWA?
The Hawkeyes other four star commitment, Delano Hill from Cass Tech High School in Detroit, has been mentioned in a couple of recent recruiting rumors. The first was that Hill was in East Lansing a couple of weeks ago for their game against Notre Dame. That rumor wasn’t true, according to Hill.
This past weekend, the defensive back prospect did make an unofficial visit when he was spotted in South Bend for the Michigan/Notre Dame game. Hill said fans shouldn’t read anything into the trip to Notre Dame, who has not offered him a scholarship. Basically, he says he went on the visit with a couple of his Cass Tech teammates to watch the game.
Hill committed to Iowa in April and maintains that commitment is still solidly in place.
“It’s still strong,” Hill said. “I still like [Iowa] and that’s the school I want to go to.”
He also added that he will make his official visit to Iowa later this year and has no plans to make any other trips.