IOWA CITY, Iowa – With spring practice wrapping up tonight with an open controlled scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa moves onto the next phase of the off-season calendar. The coaches head onto the recruiting trail Monday, searching for future Hawkeyes in the 2019 class and beyond.
The evaluation period kicked off on April 15. It was scheduled to wrap up May 31, at which point there’s a two-month quiet period.
It’s an important time. The staff sees prospects work out and talk with them and their coaches. If recent history holds, the next four months are when Iowa likely will secure verbal commitments from a large portion of the class.
The Hawkeyes likely will end up with a group of around 20. So far, they have pledges from in-state prospects Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres, Noah Fenske and Jack Campbell along with Illinois tight end Logan Lee.
The upcoming recruiting activity feeds well into our weekly feature, The Hawkeye Football Recruiting Stock Report. If you missed previous installments and wish to find out what it’s about, please check out our initial offering.
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Let’s dive into this week’s report:
Tyler Goodson, RB, Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett, ’19
- Iowa Stock:
- Outlook: The NCAAs is allowing earlier official visits for the first time this year. Prospects can utilize them during the next few months. While Iowa prefers having recruits use them after the season, it’s making exceptions for targets coming from long distances. Goodson falls into that category and is officially visiting this week. He’s here with prep teammate Jayden McDonald, who signed with the Hawkeyes in the ’18 class. That certainly provides a connection here. New running backs coach Derrick Foster also helps here with his strong ties in the South. Goodson reports offers from Nebraska, West Virginia, Colorado, Syracuse and Boston College, among others. He’s unofficially visited West Virginia, North Carolina and North Carolina State during the last month. Stayed tuned for feedback on his Iowa visit.
Jason Bargy, DE, Momence (IL), ’19
- Iowa Stock:
- Outlook: Things looked be trending up with Bargy when he visited twice during the season. He hasn’t been back since, however. He didn’t attend either junior day or stop back in for spring practice. Meanwhile, he’s stopped at Iowa State (twice), Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State since the start of the year. It’s not really a position of need for the Hawkeyes. As a result, they might not be pushing hard here. Bargy might also see a clearer path to playing time at one of the other programs. Whatever the case, there doesn’t seem to be much momentum between the two parties.
Marvin Grant, S, Detroit King, ’19
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- Iowa Stock:
- Outlook: Grant announced on Tuesday that he would be announcing his commitment on May 5. He said he’s considering Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State and Indiana, all schools that he’s visited. We’ll give Grant the neutral arrow right now because he included the Hawkeyes on his list of prospective schools. He visited campus in February and liked what he saw and heard. He seems to feel that way about the other schools on his list, though, and really hasn’t tipped his hand.
Sam Johnson III, QB, Walled Lake (MI) Western
- Iowa Stock:
- Outlook: Johnson visited Iowa in February and left town with a scholarship offer. He connected with quarterback coach Ken O’Keefe and the rest of the staff. He was trying to get back into town for spring practice, but it did not work out. The Hawkeyes appear to be sitting well with the No. 1 target at the position with in-state prospect Max Duggan committing to TCU Monday. Getting O’Keefe out to Michigan to see him in person in the upcoming evaluation period will be key if the Hawkeyes hope to top home-state Michigan, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and others for his services.