Aaron Graves

Aaron Graves and family with Iowa Football coach Kirk Ferentz. 

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Tuesday marked a big day in college football recruiting. A dead period that began with the pandemic last March ended, allowing prospects and coaches to meet face to face for the first time in 15 months. 

We wrote last week about five top prospects expected to visited Iowa Football this month and where the Hawkeyes stood with them. Today I decided to look at how the Hawkeyes stacked up against the rest of the Big Ten's 2022 Classes as avenues to in-person recruiting opened back up. 

Iowa sits at two known verbal commitments. The class includes in-state defensive lineman Aaron Graves, a Rivals four-star, and Kansas D-Lineman Caden Crawford, a three-star. 

Rivals and 247 Sports rank the Hawkeye group 11th among 14 conference teams at the time this story published. Purdue and Nebraska, who also have two verbals, and Wisconsin, with one pledge, trail them so far. 

Rivals lists 17 uncommitted student-athletes officially visiting Iowa during June. Another, Pleasant Hill (IA) Southeast Polk safety Xavier Nwankpa, the top-ranked in-state prospect, will unofficially visit on June 25. A number of prospects will camp with the Hawkeyes this month in pursuit of scholarship offers. 

Here's how the '22 Big Ten Classes look at the start of a new month: 


Rivals Rank: 1

247 Rank: 1

Verbal Commitments: 12

Skinny: The Buckeyes show four five-star pledges and six four-stars in their 12-player group. It's unlikely anyone in the league will catch them. Nothing new to see here. 


Rivals Rank: 2

247 Rank: 3

Verbal Commitments: 12

Skinny: It looks like Greg Schiano is significantly impacting the Scarlet Knights' recruiting. Per Rivals, they have six four-stars pledges. Holy moly.  


Rivals Rank: 3

247 Rank: 2

Verbal Commitments: 11

Skinny: The Nittany Lions line up with seven Rivals' four-stars. Their ranking is hurt by the inclusion of an un-rated kicker. They'll stay ranked among the league's best when all is said and done. 


Rivals Rank: 4

247 Rank: 4

Verbal Commitments: 7

SKINNY: Four members of the Wolverines' class are four- and five-stars, including five-star defensive back Will Johnson. I wouldn't expect them to fall below this spot in the end and they have good chance of moving up. 


Rivals Rank: 5

247 Rank: 5

Verbal Commitments: 8

SKINNY: Coach Mike Locksley always has been able to recruit, and he's doing so in a talent-rich area. The Terps have one four-star and seven three-stars so far. The beat Florida, Penn State, Texas A&M and others for New Jersey Athlete Amari Clark. 


Rivals Rank: 6

247 Rank: 6

Verbal Commitments: 7

SKINNY: Former Hawkeye Bret Bielema is working fast in Champaign. It is important to note that none of his pledges held Hawkeye offers and only two of the seven reported other Power 5 offers. 


Rivals Rank: 7

247 Rank: 8

Verbal Commitments: 5

SKINNY: All of the Spartan commitments are three-stars, but they report other Power 5 offers. And MSU beat Miami (FL), USC and others for Georgia DB Malik Spencer, and Michigan, Penn State and others for in-state receiver Tyrell Henry. 


Rivals Rank: 8

247 Rank: 7

Verbal Commitments: 5

SKINNY: The Gophers sit with one four-star and four three-stars to date. Three-star South Dakota quarterback Jacob Knuth is a notable pickup. He also reports offers from Iowa and Kansas State. 


Rivals Rank: 9

247 Rank: 9

Verbal Commitments: 3

SKINNY: Iowa's season-opening opponent in '21 has a four-star and two three-stars in the fold. Four-star linebacker Dasan McCullough from Bloomington (IN) South also lists offers from Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, USC and others. 


Rivals Rank: 10

247 Rank: 10

Verbal Commitments: 3

SKINNY: Winners of two of the last three West Division titles, the Wildcats beat out Iowa for four-star receiver Reggie Fleurima and Chris Petrucci, a three-star tight end, both from the Chicago area. 


Rivals Rank: 11

247 Rank: 11

Verbal Commitments: 2

SKINNY: It's important to remember that class rankings are heavily weighted by the total number of commitments. Iowa probably won't jump into the Top 4 by the end of the cycle, but could and should rise with more verbals. Of course, the schools behind it could as well. 


Rivals Rank: 12

247 Rank: 12

Verbal Commitments: 2

SKINNY: The top prize so far for the Boilermakers' potent offense if four-star, in-state quarterback Brady Allen, who also reports offers from Indiana, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, among others. 


Rivals Rank: 13

247 Rank: 13

Verbal Commitments: 2

SKINNY: The Huskers scored a victory by keeping home Omaha three-star linebacker Ernest Hausmann, who also shows offers from Iowa, Arizona State, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern. 


Rivals Rank: 14

247 Rank: 14

Verbal Commitments: 1

SKINNY: Like Iowa, the Badgers recruit deliberately compared to the competition. That hurts them more when there's no in-person meetings and evaluations. Three-star in-state quarterback Myles Burkett, who has offers from five MAC programs, is their lone pledge to date.