This is a recruiting dead period. That means: “ Institutional staff members may have contact with a prospective student-athlete who has been admitted for midyear enrollment, provided the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or other offer of admission and/or financial aid to attend the institution and is required to be on campus to attend institutional orientation sessions for all students.”
For Iowa, that’s linebacker John Kenny, who graduated from Carmel (Ind.) High School and has enrolled at Iowa. Other prospects are off limits, except for one phone call during a one-week period. (BTW, this also means that Kenny will count on the 2012 recruiting number and opens another spot for Iowa in 2013.)
A “quiet period” kicks in Jan. 6 and runs through the rest of the recruiting season up until the national signing period begins Feb. 6.
During a quiet period, coaches can only have in-person meetings with recruits on their own college campus.
One note, Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis traveled to Texas to see quarterback Nic Shimonek play in the Class 2A playoffs. Shimonek’s Mildred High School finished as a state runnerup. Head coach Kirk Ferentz has stated that he would prefer coordinators to stay off the road and be faces of the program to the current roster.
Iowa could have three or four more spots.
Here’s a recruiting update from HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert:
With the Christmas shopping wrapped up, Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff still have a bit of shopping of their own on the agenda in the next month as the Hawkeyes look to fill the final few spots in the 2013 recruiting class.
Sticking with the holiday theme, there’s always a little bit of the old rob your neighbor game that goes on this time of year among college coaches. In recruiting that means, you think you have a prospect all locked up and committed and then in swoops a rival program and steals away your prize at the last moment.
For Iowa, that has occurred twice in this recruiting cycle. Earlier in the fall, four star commit David Kenney, who verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in April, flipped to Indiana. It really wasn’t a surprise to anyone that the defensive end prospect jumped to the Hoosiers, given that his father took a position with the Indiana Football staff in June and it is his home state school.
The latest defection took place about two weeks ago when four star safety Delano Hill switched from Iowa to Michigan after the Wolverines extended a relatively late offer. Hill is from Detroit and grew up a Michigan fans, plus his high school teammate and close friend David Dawson was also committed to Michigan, so it wasn’t a complete shock that he switched his verbal commitment.
But, the loss of Hill was certainly a blow to Iowa’s class. He was the only remaining four star commitment to the Hawkeyes according to Rivals.com and Hill is the kind of athlete that the Hawkeyes need in the program moving forward. Iowa and Minnesota are now the only Big Ten schools without a four star commitment, according to Rivals.com and the Hawkeyes now have the 51st ranked recruiting class in the country and are only ahead of Minnesota and Purdue among Big Ten schools.
Ferentz and his staff started very quickly this year and had momentum this spring and summer. They already knew they had only a few spots left to fill in 2013, so the task heading into January and early February is to find the final few pieces to the puzzle.
The best guess based on what Ferentz has said publicly is that this class finishes up with around 19 signees on February 6th. Ferentz has also said the focus down the stretch will be to add linebackers and “players who can score touchdowns.” They took a step in the right direction on that front earlier this month by gaining a verbal commitment from Damond Powell, a wide receiver from Snow Junior College in Utah. Powell, who is originally from Ohio, put up some impressive numbers this past year with 41 receptions for 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns. Powell will be graduating from Snow JUCO in May and will join the Iowa program this summer.
With 16 commitments on board, where do the Hawkeyes go to fill the final few spots?
One of their top targets, linebacker Jake Roh from Scottsdale, AZ, verbally committed to Boise State over the weekend. Roh, whose brother played for Michigan, said his decision came down to Iowa and Boise State and picked them because of the opportunity to play on the offensive side of the ball.
The linebacker pool is pretty thin for the Hawkeyes among the known prospects at this time. Iowa continues to work to get three star linebacker Reggie Spearman to flip from his verbal pledge to Illinois to the Hawkeyes. Spearman visited Iowa in early November and has gone silent since that point. Another prospect to watch could be Levonte Robinson, who is a high school teammate of current Iowa commit Solomon Warfield. Robinson doesn’t have an offer from the Hawkeyes yet, but may end up picking up one late in the process.
Iowa will likely also take another run at a safety prospect in this class following the loss of Hill to Michigan. The Hawkeyes have been in contact with three star prospect Isaiah Gourdine from Michigan, who de-committed from Cincinnati after Butch Jones left for the Tennessee head coaching position this month.
It also looks like the Hawkeyes will be in the market for another play making wide receiver. Even though they already have four verbal commitments at the position, there is still a need for speed. Iowa has been in contact with Jacquille Veii from Maryland, who recently de-committed from the Terps due to concerns about his academic standing. He has yet to schedule and official visit to Iowa, but is interested in making an official visit. The Hawkeyes are also still in the running for three star wide out Brian Lemelle from Harrisburg, PA. He has scheduled an official visit to Iowa on January 25th and is also considering West Virginia, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Penn State, and Purdue.
Two other names to watch are Maliek Collins, a 6-foot-2 and 285 pound defensive lineman from the Kansas City area. Iowa recently offered and in addition to the Hawkeyes, he holds offers from Nebraska, Tulsa, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa State. He said he is considering official visits to Iowa and Nebraska in January. One final name to watch is New Jersey native Damon Mitchell. Rivals lists Mitchell as a QB/ATH, but could end up playing defensive back. He recently de-committed from Georgia Tech and has said he is considering visits to Iowa and Rutgers in January.