’19 Hawkeye Football Recruiting Big Board 4.0

May 16, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa finished up spring ball on April 20th with five known verbal commitments in the its 2019 recruiting class. That number has grown by three since then.

Illinois safety Sebastian Castro joined the group on April 25, Kansas City City receiver Desmond Hutson did so on May 8 and Ohio linebacker Jestin Jacobs was added on May 11.

In-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Noah Fenske, Illinois tight end Logan Lee and Cedar Falls (IA) linebacker Jack Campbell round out the class currently nationally ranked No. 25 by 247 and No. 27 by Rivals.

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The Hawkeyes should end up with 20 or so members in this cycle. Running back, quarterback and defensive back remain areas of need.

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With that in mind, we bring you our HN ’19 Football Recruiting Big Board 4.0:

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NameHeightWeightPositionSchoolReported OffersRankingsFilm
1. 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. 92 overall nationally, No. 19 WR, No. 1 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 72 overall, No. 12 WR, No. 1 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on David: Bell moves up to No. 1 on the latest Big Board, replacing in-state QB Max Duggan. The Indianapolis WR represents what could be a big piece in Iowa's overhaul of the position. He missed a junior day last month but ended up taking a two-day visit to Iowa during spring ball. He watched practice and met with coaches and players. Iowa continued building a strong bond. To seal the deal, the coaches will need to convince him he can succeed in a run-oriented offense.
2. Nick Henrich6-4210Linebacker Omaha (NE) BurkeDuke, Florida, Iowa, Iowa St., Kansas St., Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn St., Purdue, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin Rivals (3 stars, No. 4 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 81 overall, No. 6 ILB, No. 1 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Nick: Henrich visited Iowa again during spring practice. With commitments from outside LBs Jack Campbell and Jestin Jacobs already, adding Henrich on the inside would top off this position nicely. His father is an alum of the tennis program and he grew up rooting for the Hawkeyes. He'd like to make his decision before his senior season and Iowa is well positioned. That said, the competition is stiff and new Nebraska coach Scott Frost is working hard on him.
3. Jirehl Brock 6-0200Running BackQuincy (IL) Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Michigan St., Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue Rivals (4 stars, No. 185 overall, No. 11 RB, No. 2 in state), 247 (4 stars, No. 134 overall, No. 7 RB, No. 3 in state)Watch film
Skinny on Jirehl: Iowa offered Brock a football scholarship, his first, after watching him at summer camp last June. His stock has been rising ever since and other programs have jumped in. He returned to campus for last month's spring scrimmage. He announced Tuesday that the Hawkeyes were in his Top 5 with Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue. Running back is position of need in this class and Brock tops Iowa's board.
4. Jacob Clark 6-5210Quarterback Rockwall (TX) TCU, Memphis, Washington State, Rice, Vanderbilt, Colorado State, Minnesota, Wyoming, SyracuseRivals (3 stars, No. 19 pro-style QB), 247 (3 stars, No. 26 PS QB, No. 107 in state))Watch film
The Skinny on Jacob: Clark's spot on the board is a hunch more than anything. It's based on Iowa QB coach Ken O'Keefe visiting twice in two weeks. That may or may not mean he's at or near the top of the QB board. He's one of four at the position to add a Hawkeye offer during the last week. Clark told HN he's hoping to visit campus soon. He's looking to commit sometime next month.
5. Mosai Newsom6-4230Defensive EndWaverly-Shell Rock (IA) Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, NorthwesternRivals (3 stars, No. 5 player in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 24 WDE nationally, No. 4 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Mosai: The first in-state prospect on this Big Board, Newsom is a very good athlete for his size. Iowa was among the first programs to offer him a scholarship and he's visited campus multiple times, including for a recent junior day. The Hawkeyes are well positioned here, but so are Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. It'd be tough to see such a good in-state player at a rival school. It's important for Iowa to close the deal.
6. Cameron Baker 6-2225Linebacker/Running backCouncil Bluffs (IA) Jefferson Iowa, Northern IowaRivals (2 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 77 athlete nationally, No. 7 player in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Cameron: Baker brings the boom and, like Newsom, Iowa is trying to keep him in the state. The coaches think he projects well as a physical, athletic linebacker, but he also could fit in at running back. While Iowa and UNI are the only ones to offer so far, others are interested, including Nebraska, where he visited recently. Iowa's class is steadily filling up, so Baker could have his spot snapped up. Timing will be important.
7. Jake Karchinski6-5245Defensive End West De Pere (WI) Ball St., Iowa, Miami (OH), North Dakota St., Syracuse, Western MichiganRivals (NR), 247 (3 stars, No. 63 SDE, No. 4 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Jake: Karchinski grabbed headlines last week after Iowa offered and an Iowa State coach disparaged him on Twitter. Beyond that drama, he's built a strong bond with Hawkeye assistant Tim Polasek. He's visited Iowa and was scheduled to be back on campus Friday.
8. Jacardia Wright 6-0205Running BackDecatur (IL) St. TeresaCentral Michigan, Iowa, Michigan St., Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Western MichiganRivals (3 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 84 ATH, No. 17 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Jacardia: Wright has been one of the most productive running backs in all of the Midwest since bursting on the scene as a freshman. He visited Iowa City for a game in the fall and came back to town for a junior day in March. He met for the first time with new RB coach Derrick Foster and the two hit it off. He told HN he wouldn't be making a commitment until after his senior season. If he sticks with that plan, there's a chance Iowa fills up at the position. Until then, he's a top target.
9. Connor Bazelak 6-4210Quarterback Kettering (OH) Archbishop AlterIowa, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Boston College, Rutgers, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Purdue, Georgia, NC State Rivals (3 stars, No. 18 pro-style QB, No. 23 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 16 PS QB, No. 23 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Connor: I thought about putting Bazelak where I have Clark, but, again, it's just a hunch. O'Keefe coached Bazelak at camp last summer and has seen him throw at his high school. Some see Kentucky as the favorite. Could be, but it picked up a commitment from a dual-threat QB this week.
10. Justin Britt 6-4285Offensive LineIndianapolis Warren CentralArizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan St., Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Washington St., Western MichiganRivals (3 stars, No. 47 OT, No. 7 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 18 OG, No. 9 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Justin: Britt is classmates with No. 1 on the board, David Bell. Julius Brents also played at Warren Central and signed with Iowa in the '18 class. Britt visited the Hawkeyes for multiple games in the fall and has bonded with the coaches. He returned for a junior day in March. With three offensive lineman committed in '19, it's not a position of need right now. That said, Britt would be a welcome addition. He set a commitment date of June 30 but backed off of it last week, saying he needed more time.
11. Craig Young 6-4200Wide ReceiverFort Wayne (IN) Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St., Michigan St., Ohio St., Purdue, WisconsinRivals (3 stars, No. 58 WR, No. 8 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 89 WR, No. 11 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Craig: Despite not yet visiting Iowa, Young put it in his Top 5, which he released last week. Ohio St., Michigan St., Indiana and Purdue also made the cut. He's a really good athlete and excels in basketball, too. The Hawkeyes need to lock down a visit from Young to take the next step.
12. Maverick McIvor 6-3195QuarterbackSan Angelo (TX) CentralArizona St., Boise St., Iowa, Minnesota, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Washington St. Rivals (3 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 19 dual-threat QB, No. 141 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Maverick: Well, there's the name. It draws a lot of attention but so has his play this spring. O'Keefe watched him throw and offered Sunday. It seems like a longer shot for the Hawkeyes than Clark and Bazerlak for a couple reasons. McIvor has mentioned he'd like a pass-heavy offense. Also, he's seen by some as a dual-threat, so he might not view Iowa as a strong fit. We'll have to see where it goes. A campus visit would be the next important step.
13. Zach Calzada6-3195QuarterbackSugar Hill (GA) Lanier Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, NC St., Northwestern, Oklahoma St., PittsburghRivals (3 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 13 pro-style QB, No. 40 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Zach: That Calzada is 4th on this board among recent Iowa QB offers reflects more on the unknown than talent level. He's not talking about individual schools until after the spring, so we'll have to see where Iowa stands when that happens. If it's a contender, then it needs to bring him on a visit.
14. Tyler Goodson 5-10 192Running BackSuwanee (GA) North Gwinnett Michigan St., Kentucky, Central Florida, Washington St., Iowa, Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa St., Nebraska, SyracuseRivals (3 stars, No. 12 all-purpose back, No. 68 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 29 APB, No. 53 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Tyler: Iowa has told Goodson that he would fill the role occupied by Akrum Wadley, who left for the NFL. He offers a similar size and skill set. He officially visited the Hawkeyes for their spring scrimmage last month and came away impressed. Offers still are rolling in for Goodson so we'll have to see how it shakes out.
15. Kyren Williams 5-10 190Running Back/Slot St. Louis (MO) VianneyIllinois, Iowa, Iowa St., Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan St., Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Stanford, WisconsinRivals (3 stars, No. 50 WR, No. 9 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 20 APB, No. 8 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Kyren: Before last season, Williams was viewed strictly as a receiver. Now, he's most often listed as an all-purpose back with an ability to run out of the slot. For Iowa, he's like Goodson in that he looks like Wadley. Williams included the Hawkeyes in his Top 8 that was released on Sunday. They're joined by Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Stanford, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Michigan St.
16. Justin Stephens6-7240Tight EndTrotwood (OH) MadisonBoston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa, Kentucky, LSU, Purdue, Rutgers, SyracuseRivals (3 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 25 TE, No. 21 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Justin: The Hawkeyes stepped forward with an offer at the beginning of this month. He told HN that he likes how they use their tight ends and has a strong relationship with the program. He hopes to visit Iowa sometime this summer.
17. Etinosa Reuben 6-4265Defensive End Kansas City (MO) Park Hill SouthAlabama, Arizona St., Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Notre Dame, Purdue, WisconsinRivals (3 stars, No. 38 strong-side DE, No. 5 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 26 SDE, No. 9 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Etinosa: One of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest, Reuben visited Iowa for its spring scrimmage and picked up an offer. Schools like Alabama and Clemson came in after that. He liked his visit to Iowa but the odds of landing him became much longer with the top programs in the country coming in.
18. Da'Shaun Brown 6-1185Athlete Racine (WI) St. Catherine's Iowa, Iowa St., Western Michigan, WisconsinRivals (3 stars, No. 40 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. He probably fits best at slot receiver or in the secondary at the next level.
19. Jack Kiser 6-2210LinebackerRoyal Center (IN) PioneerDuke, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan St., Nebraska, PurdueRivals (3 stars), 247 (3 stars, No. 36 OLB, No. 10 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Kiser: This one will be interesting. Iowa was the first to offer when it did so last May. He's visited campus multiple times, including a recent stop for spring practice. Members of his 7-on-7 team have committed to Iowa and that helps the chances. He's very high on Purdue, however. It's his father's alma mater. And Duke and Nebraska have extended offers during the last month. Notre Dame jumped in recently and the Irish will be strongly considered.
20. Larry Tracy 5-11175Cornerback Indianapolis Decatur Central Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Purdue, SyracuseRivals (3 stars, No. 47 CB, No. 6 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 91 CB, No. 14 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 in January, 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. In March, he released a Top 5 of Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Minnesota and Cincinnati. He visited the Hawkeyes for their spring scrimmage on April 20.
21. Derrick Miller 6-0170 Cornerback O'Fallon (MO) John Burroughs SchoolAir Force, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Iowa, Iowa St., Princeton, Western Michigan, Yale. Rivals (3 stars, No. 58 CB, No. 13 in state), 247 (3 stars, No. 102 CB, No. 26 in state)Watch film
The Skinny on Derrick: Miller was set to announce his decision earlier this month but backed away and asked for more time. Iowa offered very early in the process but he may have to wait for other ahead of him on its board to decide before being brought in.

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