Here’s the weekly post from HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert. Recruiting is the topic.
Tom got this to me before he left for Cancun and the Moon Palace, but I wanted to give it a little room to breathe because the posts have been fast and furious.
Without further adieu . . .
Iowa fans are probably going to worry a bit in December and January about other schools swooping in and stealing away a prospect or two from the current list of 15 Hawkeye commits. But, it could end up that Kirk Ferentz and his staff does the stealing.
As we mentioned last week, the Hawkeyes hosted Illini commit Reggie Spearman last weekend. Spearman has been committed to Illinois since the summer, however, now the Chicago native is looking around. The 6-foot-2 and 220 pound linebacker was offered by the Hawkeyes earlier in the week and an unofficial visit quickly turned into an official visit.
Before the game we caught Spearman on the Iowa sidelines decked out and black and gold, so that was certainly a good sign. Following his visit to Iowa he said that while he considers himself committed to Illinois, but the Hawkeyes opened his eyes and he’s now giving Iowa a serious look. If he does flip in Iowa’s direction, it could be another recruiting win for freshman cornerback Reese Fleming. The fellow Chicago area product spent time with Spearman and helped to sell him on the iowa program. If you remember last year when Fleming signed with Iowa, he was a key recruit doing recruiting for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes also hosted several significant prospects last weekend, including standout 2014 prospect Jeff Jones from Minnesota. The 6-foot running back is a member of the recently released Rivals 250 list for 2014 and says he really enjoyed the visit. A key player to watch when it comes to Jones recruitment will be high school teammate Raymonte Maynard. Jones is very open about saying that he would like to play at the same school as Jones. Iowa is also showing interest in Maynard, who projects to the fullback position in college. Certainly something to watch in his recruitment.
Another visitor this past weekend from Minnesota was running back Andre Hunt, who has already graduated from Cretin-Derham High School. Hunt spent this fall at a prep school in Virginia and if a scholarship offer doesn’t come, it’s very possible that he ends up walking on at Iowa. Also in town from Cretin-Derham was wide receiver Connor Keane, who is a senior. He is looking to walk on to a major college program and Iowa and Iowa State are two schools he is considering.
The crop of in-state talent in 2014 is pretty strong by Iowa standards and one emerging prospect is Cole Turner from Cedar Rapids Xavier High School. Turner has a great frame at 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds and has had a strong junior season. Turner doesn’t have an offer from the Hawkeyes yet, but Brian Ferentz has been keeping in close contact and he certainly seems like a player that Iowa will give a long look at this spring.
We mentioned earlier that Hawkeye fans are probably going to be concerned about a committed prospect leaving the fold and there might be a chance of that happening. Right now the only name looking at an official visit elsewhere is four star defensive back Delano Hill. He confirmed to Rivals.com earlier this week that he would be taking an official visit to Pittsburgh. He also said that it would take a lot for him to change his commitment. Hill said he is scheduled to take his official visit to Iowa City in January.