Iowa Lands 1st Commitment in '22 Class

Discussion in 'Football' started by RobHowe, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Gowrie Southeast Valley DE Aaron Graves will be a sophomore this fall. Talked to his coach.

  2. Hawk1960

    Hawk1960 Well-Known Member

    Congrats to the young man. Sounds like a beast. Let me be the first to nickname him "the grave digger" for future B1G QBs.
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  3. SpiderRico

    SpiderRico Well-Known Member

    It appears as though we are attempting to field a defense of only DEs! :)
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  4. 4thngoal

    4thngoal Well-Known Member

    @ 235, he could realistically add 20 pounds of muscle every year and come rolling in at a lean 300 pounds. So he could play inside or out, just depends on his growth.
    He's going to have to get on a long term weight gain and lifting program, but he has the time to make it so he walks in and starts day one.
  5. AreWeThereYet

    AreWeThereYet Well-Known Member

    You can never have too many defensive ends.
  6. 99topdawg

    99topdawg Well-Known Member

    Especially when Raider becomes our new base D.
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  7. GesterHawk

    GesterHawk Well-Known Member

    Wow, 2022. Crazy.
  8. ModebaSan

    ModebaSan Well-Known Member

    Possibly another AJ Epenesa type of player? Kid sounds like he is gonna be a beast. According to link, already 6’5” and 235 lbs. as a freshman and another weight room junkie. Who knows, may start sooner than AJ did. As mentioned earlier “Grave Digger” was suggested as a nickname. I’m gonna through “The Undertaker” out there as my selection.
  9. Northside Hawk

    Northside Hawk Well-Known Member

    Or "Tombstone" like Richard Jackson in the old AFL.
  10. westender

    westender Well-Known Member

    So we will see him on the field in maybe 2023. Damn.
  11. eledmonster

    eledmonster Well-Known Dog

    Signing toddlers soon! :D
  12. homes

    homes Well-Known Member

    There's a good chance he'd be playing for different coaches by the time he's a senior, for sure a new head coach even before his senior year.
  13. SomersHawk

    SomersHawk Well-Known Member

    My granddaughter is a couple years ahead of him in school. With Fisher and now Graves becoming HAWKS this is gonna be so fun to watch the development of these two local players.. Both will be first class Hawkeyes and hoping they become key contributers one day.

    Sweiter runs a great weight program and has turned a lot of boys into men over the years so Graves is in good hands until Doyle takes over. Not sure if this is done elsewhere, but one cool thing he has done for years is invite other schools in during the off season for a weight lifting competition with public attendance. Gives em another incentive to work hard and they always dominate the event.
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  14. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    OMG! How can a kid be that big and talented at that age? It is one thing to be big, but another to grasp the game or do what is asked or expected. He could end up being a 5* by the time he's done in HS. Iowa still has to keep him, though. He might be young now with Iowa tunnel vision glasses on. This could change as he gets older and understands how college football works or what is in his best interest.

    Hopefully he stays a Hawk.
  15. #1DieHardHawk

    #1DieHardHawk Well-Known Member

    Given what he and his coach have said, I'd be absolutely shocked if he flipped. I get the feeling even Nick and Dabo wouldn't get anywhere with him.
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  16. Jonrn

    Jonrn Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately or fortunately, depending how you look at it, recruiting services don’t hand out stars unless a player is actively pursuing them by going to major camps and official visits and flashing every offer on twitter. If he shuts down his recruiting, and only goes to small regional camps, he’ll never get beyond 4 stars or maybe since he’s from a tiny town and plays tiny schools, won’t move beyond 3
  17. #1DieHardHawk

    #1DieHardHawk Well-Known Member

    I'm sure he's aware of that and doesn't care a bit.

    If he's a beast that falls off the radar - all the better for the Hawks.
  18. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    I like to hear that. Hopefully Iowa doesn't just tank the next few years. That might be the only deal breaker, but I don't see that happening. Ferentz is always competitive and Iowa is always a hard out.
  19. 4thngoal

    4thngoal Well-Known Member

    Some people are born Hawks.
    That's just how it is.
    Absolutely nothing wrong with a young man knowing exactly what he wants, where he wants to go. It shows maturity.