Breaking Down the Group of Recruits Expected at Iowa-Maryland Game

October 17, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa will be playing at home for the first time this month when it takes on Maryland at Kinnick Stadium Saturday. It will do so in front of a large group of recruits visiting for the game.

More than 40 prospects are expected on campus to see the No. 19 Hawkeyes attempt to win their third contest in a row and raise their record to 6-1. It’s a talented group. It’s headlined by a group of uncommitted athletes holding Hawkeye scholarship offers.

Pleasant Hill (IA) Southeast Polk running back Gavin Williams returns to campus for a second time this season. The junior holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan and Nebraska.

Class of ’20 offensive lineman Ben Barten is expected to be in town. The Stratford (WI) High standout holds offers from Iowa and home-state Wisconsin.

Tyler Elsbury is a frequent visitor to Iowa City. The junior offensive lineman from Byron (IL) High boasts offers from Iowa, Purdue, Illinois and Northern Illinois.

Ky Thomas, an all-purpose back from Topeka (KS) High, is a rising prospect. The junior reports offers from Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Minnesota.

Bettendorf sophomore defensive tackle Griffin Liddle comes back to Iowa for another visit. He holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska.

A contingent of ’19 verbal commitments also is planning on being in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. The group includes Jack Campbell, Tyler Endres, Noah Fenske, Michael Lois and Josiah Miamen. It’d good to see Lois on there as he recently suffered a major injury in a swimming pool.

The younger brother of current Hawkeye defensive end A.J. Epenesa will be checking out Iowa again. Eric Epenesa, a junior linebacker, is working for an offer.

Franklin (WI) High fullback Johhny Plewa has a name familiar to Iowa fans. His older brother, Macon Plewa, is an alumnus of the program having played the same position.

Indianapolis Decatur Central High running back Kenny Tracy also might ring a bell with Hawkeye followers. The junior’s older brother, Tyrone Tracy, is a freshman wide receiver at Iowa.

Here’s a complete list of the prospects expected to be on campus:

Lucas Amaya, ’19, K, Muskego (WI) High

Ben Barten, ’20, OL, Stratford (WI) High

Mitchell Bartol, ’20, TE, Kimberly (WI) High

Dalys Beanum, ’20, CB, Omaha Millard West High

Carter Bell, ’19, WR, Bettendorf (IA) High

Drew Bench, ’19, TE, Genoa (OH) High

Jack Campbell, ’19, LB, Cedar Falls (IA) High

Lanell Carr, ’20, LB, DeSmet Jesuit (MO) High

Terrence Collins, ’20, ATH, St. Thomas Aquinas (KS) High

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Nolan Donald, ’19, ATH, Morton (IL) High

Tyler Elsbury, ’20, OL, Byron (IL) High

Tyler Endres, ’19, OL, Norwalk (IA) High

Eric Epenesa, ’20, LB, Edwardsville (IL) High

John Farmer, ’20, WR, Omaha North High

Noah Fenske, ’19, OL, New Hampton (IA) High

Lucas Finnessy, ’20, LB, Hamilton-Sussex (WI) High

Kyler Fisher, ’19, S, SE Valley (IA) High

Cade Fleischmann, ’20, LB, Palmyra-Eagle (WI) High

Darien Foster, ’20, OL, South St. Paul (MN) High

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Taylor Fox, ’19, OL, East Buchanan (IA) High

Isaiah Gash, ’20, ATH, Bay Port (WI) High

Gunnar Kilen, ’20, OT, Verona (WI) High

Kerry Kodanko, ’20, OL, West De Pere (WI) High

Ian Kuehl, ’19, DT, Lena-Winslow (IL) High

Griffin Liddle, ’21, DT, Bettendorf (IA) High

Michael Lois, ’20, DL, Elkhorn (WI) High

Josiah Miamen, ’19, TE, Dunlap (IL) High

Creighton Mitchell, ’20 RB, West Des Moines Valley (IA) High

Brendan Mott, ’19, LB, Iowa City West (IA) High

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Brady Petersen, ’20, OL, Ankeny Centennial (IA) High

Luke Pinnick, ’21, OL, West Marshall (IA) High

Johnny Plewa, ’19, FB, Franklin (WI) High

Ethan Prodzinski, ’20, OL, Winona (MN) High

Dalton Schmidt, ’19, OL, Ft. Dodge (IA) High

Wyatt Schroeder, ’20, TE, St. Francis (MN) High

Caleb Siech, ’20, OL, Waverly-Shell Rock (IA) High

Sam Skuja, ’20 OL, Waubonsie Valley (IL) High

Devonte Smith, ’20, LB, Vincent (WI) High

Lukas Spencer, ’20, LB, Kettle Moraine (WI) High

Tyson Strohbeen, ’19, OL, Bishop Heelan (IA) High

Jack Takerian, ’19, P, Franklin (WI) High

Ky Thomas, ’20, RB, Topeka (KS) High

Kenny Tracy, ’20, RB, Decatur Central (IN) High

Jaylon Walker, ’20, RB, Bryan (NE) High

Gavin Williams, ’20, RB, SE Polk (IA) High

Bill Wyatt, ’20, OL, West De Pere (WI) High

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