IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa finished up its 2018 recruiting class with the late signing day on Wednesday. The coaches spent much of the January live period working on the next cycle, however.

The Hawkeyes had already signed most of the ’18 class in December, allowing them time to dig in deep on ’19. That process will continue with a junior day later this month.

A new NCAA rule allows juniors to officially visit schools during periods running April through June. Prospects previously had to wait until their senior year of high school started before taking officials.

With recruiting clock that continues speeding up, commitments likely will come sooner in the process. Iowa has three pledges in ’19 already in in-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres along with Illinois tight end Logan Lee.

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The Hawkeyes have cast a wide net in working to fill out the rest of the class.

Here’s my first Big Board of the cycle looking at 25 names of interest:

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NameHeightWeightPositionSchoolReported OffersRankingsFilm
1. Max Duggan6-2190QuarterbackCouncil Bluffs (IA) Lewis CentralGeorgia, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Marshall, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi St., Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina St., Northwestern, Ohio St., Penn St., TCU, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Virginia TechRivals (4 Stars, No. 7 pro-style nationally, No. 1 player in state), 247 (4 Stars, No. 6 dual-threat nationally, No. 3 player in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Max: Iowa needs a QB in '19 and one of the country's best resides in its backyard. The Hawkeyes offered first but the competition is stiffer than perhaps any signal caller in the history of the state. Duggan is the real deal. He's said he'd like to make his decision in the spring. Duggan is a big one for Iowa, not only from a talent standpoint but also in terms of PR.
2. David Bell6-4190ReceiverIndianapolis Warren CentralCincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan St., Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio St., Penn St., Purdue, Syracuse, VanderbiltRivals (4 stars, No. 80 overall nationally, No. 15 WR, No. 1 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 71 overall, No. 12 WR, No. 1 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on David: The Hawkeyes have done well in addressing need at receiver in the last few cycles. The next step is adding a ready-made, high-end prospect. Bell is that. Iowa jumped in early here with an offer in October of '16. He's visited. Like Duggan, blue bloods have come in with offers. Iowa has had a tough time overcoming that, especially out of state. The Hawkeyes have made inroads in Indy and the pursuit of Bell will show how deep it goes.
3. Nick Henrich6-4210Linebacker Omaha (NE) BurkeDuke, Florida, Iowa, Iowa St., Kansas St., Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn St., Purdue, Wisconsin Rivals (3 stars, No. 4 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 297 overall, No. 7 ILB, No. 2 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Nick: Iowa went heavy on linebacker in '18 but that won't quell its pursuit of Henrich. He's a Hawkeye legacy with his father, Mike Henrich, having played tennis at Iowa. Nick grew up watching and rooting for the Hawkeyes. He resides in the heart of Husker country, however, and new Nebraska coach Scott Frost will push hard. Henrich also is landing offers on a regular basis and his stock is rising. Iowa is in for a battle here, but is well positioned.
4. Jirehl Brock 6-0200Running BackQuincy (IL) Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Michigan St., Missouri, Purdue Rivals (4 stars, No. 196 overall, No. 11 RB, No. 2 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 160 overall, No. 10 RB, No. 2 in state)Watch film
Skinny on Jirehl: Iowa extended the first scholarship offer to Brock and as worked hard in building the relationship. He's visited campus on multiple occasions. Head coach Kirk Ferentz attended his basketball game this winter. Brock is an impressive combination of power and speed. He plays high level AAU basketball, which highlights is athleticism. The Hawkeyes have been hit with attrition and graduation at running back. It's an important position in the '19 cycle and Brock is a good one.
5. Jack Campbell6-4210LinebackerCedar Falls (IA) Iowa, Iowa State, MinnesotaRivals (3 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 55 OLB, No. 6 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Jack: Again, Iowa was the first school to offer Campbell. It's done well in building a relationship, having played host to him on multiple visits and also stopped in to see him in Cedar Falls. Already a productive linebacker, Campbell has a high ceiling. He's still developing at the position and from a physical standpoint. Iowa State and Minnesota also are pushing hard here. The Hawkeyes don't want to let a quality player out of Eastern Iowa.
6. Mosai Newsom6-4230Defensive EndWaverly-Shell Rock (IA) Iowa, Minnesota, South DakotaRivals (3 stars, No. 5 player in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 55 WDE nationally, No. 4 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Mosai: The Hawkeyes were the third school to offer here, following South Dakota and Minnesota. They've made up ground since then and are well positioned for a key in-state recruit. Newsom has visited Iowa on multiple occasions. He's a very athletic defensive end as evidenced by his talents on the basketball court. He has great upside that could very well be realized when he focuses on one sport.
7. Cameron Baker 6-2225Linebacker/Running backCouncil Bluffs (IA) Jefferson IowaRivals (2 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 90 athlete nationally, No. 8 player in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Cameron: Whether it's at running back, linebacker or somewhere else, Baker will make a program better. He's physical and ferocious. Baker rushed 196 times for 1,852 yards and 20 touchdowns, and caught seven passes for 104 yards and two scores as a junior. He also totaled 44.5 tackles, including three for loss. He returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns this season.
8. Chris Hickman 6-6195Tight EndOmaha (NE) BurkeIndiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Kansas St., Minnesota, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin. Rivals (3 stars, No. 14 TE, No. 2 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 9 TE, No. 1 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Chris: A high school classmate of No. 3 on this board, Nick Henrich, Hickman has a chance to be special. It's obvious Iowa covets tight ends and Hickman would fit well in this offense. The Hawkeyes have done pretty well with another player at the position from Omaha, Noah Fant, and there are some comparisons here. Hickman is big, fast and athletic. Like Fant, he's a good basketball player.
9. Larry Tracy 5-11175Cornerback Indianapolis Decatur Central Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, SyracuseRivals (3 stars, No. 38 CB, No. 6 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 49 CB, No. 11 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Larry: Tracy, the cousin of '18 Iowa signee, Tyrone Tracy, verbally committed to the Hawkeyes during the summer. He decided to back off that pledge last month, saying he chose too soon and wanted to see other schools. In most cases, de-commitments don't come back into the fold. That said, it's still early and Tracy's connection to the Hawkeyes is strong. He's expected to be back on campus for junior day later this month.
10. Justin Britt6-4285Offensive LinemanIndianapolis Warren CentralCincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan St., Minnesota, Purdue, Western MichiganRivals (3 stars, No. 41 OT, No. 7 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 15 OG, No. 8 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Justin: Britt is classmates with No. 2 on the board, David Bell. He also was teammates and is a friend of '18 Iowa signee, Julius Brents. Britt visited the Hawkeyes for multiple games in the fall and has bonded with the coaches. Britt is a productive two-way lineman, who likely will rise up even more once he concentrates on one side of the ball.
11. Jason Bargy 6-5240Defensive EndMomence (IL) Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Michigan St., Minnesota, Missouri, Notre Dame, Purdue. Rivals (3 stars, No. 29 SDE, No. 3 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 10 WDE, No. 3 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Jason: Bargy visited Iowa for multiple games in '17. The Hawkeyes have done a good job recruiting him and making a positive impression since jumping in with an offer back in May. Already productive and disruptive, Bargy still has a lot of room to get better. The ceiling is high and Iowa is well positioned.
12. Marcus Hicks 6-6230Defensive EndWichita (KS) NorthwestFlorida, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Texas, Washington. Rivals (3 stars, No. 40 SDE, No. 2 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 22 WDE, No. 3 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Marcus: The Hawkeyes jumped in with an offer for this talented edge man during the summer and he visited campus for a game in September. He's since watched his recruitment skyrocket, piling up an impressive list of opportunities. Iowa got in early and has been building a bond.
13. Spencer Bono 6-4235Defensive End Cincinnati (OH) ElderBoston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest. Rivals (3 stars, No. 22 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 37 WDE, No. 28 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Spencer: The Hawkeyes offered a scholarship in May. They were the first ones to do so. He visited campus during the summer and returned for a game in November. It could come down to convincing Bono to move away from home. Cincinnati could be tough to beat here.
14. Sebastian Castro 6-1200SafetyOak Lawn (IL) RichardsIowa, Iowa St., Minnesota, SyracuseRivals (3 stars, No. 27 S, No. 4 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 50 S, No. 16 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Sebastian: Like you read throughout the entries on this big board, Iowa jumped in with an early offer here. Castro visited for junior day last March and left with an offer. He came back for a game-day visit in September when Iowa dropped a heartbreaker to Penn State. Castro is an athletic secondary man who likes to hit.
15. Kendall Abdur-Rahman6-0155AthleteEdwardsville (IL) Illinois, Iowa, Iowa St., Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre DameRivals (NR), 247 (3 stars, No. 41 ATH, No. 7 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Kendall: A playmaker from the quarterback position in high school, Abdur-Rahman could be intriguing at a few positions at the next level. Iowa pulled a pretty good player out of Edwardsville in the '17 class in A.J. Epenesa and has a good connection at the school.
16. Da'Shaun Brown 6-1185Athlete Racine (WI) St. Catherine's Iowa, Iowa St. Kent St., Western Michigan, WisconsinRivals (3 stars, No. 36 ATH ), 247 (3 stars, No. 42 ATH, No. 3 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Da'Shaun: Iowa has recruited well in Wisconsin during recent cycles. Jack Plumb is the only one it pulled out of the state with a Badgers' offer, however, and that's the challenge with Brown. He did visit Iowa twice in three weeks this fall, so there's definitely mutual interest. He plays quarterback and defensive back in high school.
17. Kobe Myers 6-1 190Athlete Walled Lake (MI) WesternCentral Michigan, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Syracuse, Western MichiganRivals (3 stars), 247 (NR)Watch film
The Skinny on Kobe: The Hawkeyes offered Myers in October and he visited for a game a couple of games. Iowa scouted his games in person twice during the fall. Myers plays slot receiver and cornerback in high school. The Hawkeyes are recruiting him as a linebacker.
18. Jack Kiser 6-2210LinebackerRoyal Center (IN) PioneerIndiana, Iowa, PurdueRivals (3 stars, No. 10 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 30 OLB, No. 9 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Kiser: This one will be interesting. Iowa was the first to offer when it did so in May. He's visited campus multiple times and his close with members of the Indy Select 7-on-7 guys that committed to Iowa. He's very high on Purdue, however. It's his father's alma mater.
19. Maurice Massey6-3180Receiver St. Louis Howell North Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa St., Kansas, Kentucky.Rivals (3 stars, No. 41 WR, No. 5 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 51 WR, No. 8 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Maurice: Once again, Iowa was the first to offer here. Massey visited for a junior day last March and left with an opportunity. He then committed to Iowa State in December only to back away from that pledge in January.
20. J.J. Guedet6-8255Offensive Tackle Washington (IL) Illinois, Iowa, Iowa St., Minnesota.Rivals (NR), 247 (3 stars, No. 72 OT, No. 17 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on J.J.: The Hawkeyes stepped up with an offer for Guedet on Jan. 29. They had been evaluating for him some time and decided to move on the athletic big man.
21. Derrick Miller 5-11160Cornerback O'Fallon (MO) Burroughs Iowa, Iowa State.Rivals (3 stars, No. 49 CB, No. 10 in state), 247 (NR)Watch film
The Skinny on Derrick: Iowa offered a scholarship in June, a few weeks after Iowa State. The two schools have been working hard against each other ever since. Miller visited Iowa City for a game in October.
22. Taisun Phommachanh6-3195Quarterback Avon (CT) Old Farms Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida St., Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn St., Pittsburgh, Syracuse, TCU, Virginia. Rivals (3 stars, No. 3 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 1 dual-threat QB, No. 1 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Taisun: The Hawkeyes offered on Jan. 24 with schools like Florida State and Penn State following. The competition will be stiff. The next step is getting the talented signal caller on campus.
23. Jalani Williams 6-2170Safety St. Louis Parkway North Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio St., Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn St., Purdue, Syracuse, UCLA, Wisconsin.Rivals (4 stars, No. 187 overall, No. 14 S, No. 3 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 224 overall, No. 13 S, No. 5 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Jalani: Iowa was one of the first offers for Williams and he's visited campus multiple times. He continues to rack up big offers, however, and the competition for his services has become very stiff.
24. Moses Douglass6-2190 SafetySpringfield (OH) Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan St., Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, WisconsinRivals (2 stars, No. 228 overall, No. 15 S, No. 7 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 227 overall, No. 14 S, No. 7 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Moses: Iowa was among the first schools to offer Douglass, who has since blown up on the recruiting trail. He mentioned the Hawkeyes among his favorites early in the process but still are trying to get him to campus.
25. Desmond Hutson 6-4190Receiver Raytown (MO) IowaRivals (NR), 247 (3 stars, No. 91 WR, No. 12 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Desmond: Iowa became Hutson's first offer on Jan. 30. He has visited Iowa State, Purdue, Memphis and Kansas. The next step for the Hawkeyes is to get Hutson on campus.