The Hawkeye Football Recruiting Stock Report – May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Swarm ’19 grew by one member this week with Raytown (MO) High receiver Desmond Huston announcing his commitment to Iowa. It brought the total number of known pledges in this cycle to seven.

Huston (6-4, 190) joined in-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Noah Fenske, Jack Campbell, a linebacker from Cedar Falls, and a pair from Illinois prospects in tight end Logan Lee and Sebastian Castro, a safety. The Hawkeyes sat at six known verbal commitments at this time last year, their seventh coming from Sampson Evans on May 21.

Iowa has averaged 21.8 signees for its last five classes, with no fewer than 20 and no more than 24. Expect it to be in that range again for ’19.

Each week we look at four recruiting targets in the current cycle and where we believe the Hawkeyes stand with them. For ground rules on how we come up with the list and what it means, please refer back to our first installment.

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Justin Stephens, TE, Trotwood (OH) Madison High, ’19

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  • Outlook: Stephens is one of the hottest recruits in the Midwest, picking up six Power 5 offers since the end of last month. The Hawkeyes jumped in during that stretch with LSU and others. He spoke with us last week about the Iowa opportunity. He said he has a great relationship with the Iowa coaches and plans on visiting campus sometime this summer. He hasn’t set a decision date but believes he could make a choice before his senior season. Iowa would like to add another tight end in this class after signing just one (Jacob Coons) during the last two cycles.

Enoch Jackson, DT, Mansfield (TX) Legacy High, ’19

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  • Outlook: The powerful interior lineman from the Lone Star State cut his list of prospective schools to eight on Sunday. Iowa joined Oklahoma State, Houston, Texas Tech, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Arkansas in the group. Programs like Florida, Kansas State, Purdue and Washington State did not make it. The next step for the Hawkeyes is getting him on campus and showing him that they’re a better fit than some of the colleges closer to his home.

Jack Kiser, LB, Royal Center (IN) Pioneer High, ’19

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  • Iowa Stock: arrow, red, up icon
  • Outlook: The decline here has less to do with what Iowa has done and more to do with the competition. The Hawkeyes already faced an uphill battle with his father being a Purdue alumnus. Then, this week, Notre Dame stepped in with an offer for the Hoosier State standout. Iowa has done a really good job with Kiser, hosting him on multiple visits, the latest during spring ball. He also plays for the 7-on-7 program that brought the Hawkeyes D.J. Johnson, Julius Brents and Tyrone Tracy in the ’18 class. They remain in the race here but he has some strong pulls closer to home.

Duke Olges, DE, Winnetka (IL) New Trier High ’19

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  • Outlook: Similar to the setup with Kiser, the competition is what keeps Olges’ arrow steadily neutral. Once he finishes his baseball season and focuses more on football recruiting, we’ll get a better of idea where things stand. The Hawkeyes are doing a good job pursuing him, he told us in a recent interview. Head coach Kirk Ferentz visited his high school in January. Recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell offered him during a stop at New Trier at the end of last month. The hurdle for Iowa will be overcoming the field, which is growing steadily. Wisconsin and Northwestern offered this week with schools like Michigan State and Ole Miss also having presented him opportunities.

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