Kirk Ferentz said on his radio show last night that recruiting has moved heavily into 2014. That doesn’t mean the ’13 class is finished, but O-line, QB and “all defensive positions” are on the shopping list for ’14.
Of course, there’s always the possibility of de-commit among the 15 recruits Iowa has for 2013, but there’s also the possibility that the number increases to 20. Look for running back to be a focus.
Here’s HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert with this week’s look at recruiting.
After a flurry of activity with a number of visitors to the Penn State game, the recruiting trail has gone a little quiet for the Hawkeyes. That should be expected when there are only a few slots left open in the Class of 2013 and many prospects are knee deep in state playoff games.
Generally the recruiting news will heat up once again sometime around Thanksgiving, so I would expect to see a few names to pop up for those final few scholarship openings on the Iowa Football roster.
Until then, it’s probably a good time to take a look at how some of the current commits to the Class of 2013 have looked on the field.
A few of the future Hawkeyes have already finished their senior seasons. In-state commit Trevon Young, who was suspended for the first four games of the year, finished the season with 29 tackles, including two for loss. The Des Moines Lincoln prep also played a little offense, catching 11 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
A pair of future linemen have also wrapped up their season. Offensive lineman Colin Goebel from Naperville North High School in Illinois saw his season come to an end last week with a 5-5 record. Future defensive tackle Brant Gressel from Centerville, OH closed out his senior campaign with 35 tackles this year, including three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Linebacker John Kenny from Carmel, IN saw his senior year come to an end in the first round of the state playoffs. He had a strong final year of high school football with 87 tackles, including 16 for loss, and forced three fumbles.
The future receivers for the Hawkeyes have had very good senior seasons. Rock Island, IL prep Derrick Willies is still playing and has 47 receptions for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns. Kirkwood, MO prep Andre Harris has done a little bit of everything for his high school team. He has 20 catches for 425 yards and 6 scores. He also has three interceptions and returned two of them for scores. Fellow St. Louis area prep Derrick Mitchell Jr. has also been a jack of all trades with 485 yards rushing, 328 receiving, and has scored 13 times this year.
A pair of in-state tight ends are still playing and having good seasons. Ike Boettger has 30 receptions for 416 yards and four touchdowns. Des Moines Dowling prep Jon Wisnieski has 20 catches for 177 yards and three scores.
Fans are always curious about the future at quarterback and Nic Shimonek has put up some pretty decent numbers this year. He has completed 101 of 156 passes for 1,550 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 519 yards this year. His season is still going on down in Texas.
A couple of other players still going strong in the state playoffs worth noting, four star prospect Delano Hill, who has heard from LSU recently, has 55 tackles and one interception. Fellow defensive back Malik Rucker has 73 tackles, two forced fumbles, and a pair of interceptions. Ohio prep Solomon Warfield has 60 tackles and two interceptions.