Football Recruiting Notes: Recent Visitor Updates, Officials Set

April 22, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Hawkeyes have enjoyed a steady flow of prospects through their football facility this spring as they work towards filling the 2020 recruiting class and beyond. A quartet of top juniors came through the building during the last week.

Florida offensive lineman Connor McLaughlin, Indianapolis receiver David Baker, Illinois defensive end Sean McLaughlin, and Kevo Wesley, an offensive lineman from Chicago, checked in at Iowa.

Here’s a look at how those stops went for the Hawkeyes:

Connor McLaughlin (6-7, 260) – The Tampa Jesuit product saw Iowa for the first time last week after being offered a scholarship on March 7.

“I loved Iowa. The facilities were great and the practice was smooth, but my favorite part was the tradition. The coaches there sounded locked in and didn’t have any plans to leave,” McLaughlin told HN.

The Hawkeyes landed a commitment from Jesuit defensive back Dane Belton in ’19 and have done well in the Tampa area. McLaughlin connected with offensive line coach Tim Polasek on his visit.

“Coach Polasek told me that my length is good for the new stretch and zone style offense. He sees me fitting in the Iowa developmental program when I grow into my body,” he said.

“I really like Iowa after this visit, and it’s very high on my list now.”

McLaughlin mentioned Duke and Northwestern as schools standing out to him. They’ve offered scholarships. Among programs yet to offer, he named Stanford, UCLA and Cal as ones he liked.

“I do plan to officially visit Iowa this summer. I plan to commit somewhere before the July dead period,” he said.

David Baker (6-2, 190) – The Scecina standout returned to Iowa City during the weekend after stopping for junior day back in February. He’s been a consistent visitor to campus.

“I liked being able to see how the offense will look without (outgoing tight ends) Noah (Fant) or T.J. (Hockenson). I also like being able to talk with coach Cope (Kelton Copeland) about how I could impact the team,” Baker told HN.

He set up his Iowa official visit during this stop. He was scheduled to take it June 21-23.

Baker also plans on officially visiting Indiana this summer. He is considering others from an offer list that includes Duke, Michigan, Purdue, Washington State and others.

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His hopes on committing before the end of summer.

“I want to be able to focus on my senior season,” he said.

Sean McLaughlin (6-7, 230) – The multi-sport athlete from Frankfort (IL) Lincoln Way East visits campus often. His brother, Jake McLaughlin, pitches for the Iowa baseball team.

Sean watched the Hawkeyes on the diamond Sunday against Nebraska. He also met with defensive line coach Kelvin Bell while he was in town.

“It’s actually really good,” Sean said of his relationship with the assistant coach. “We talk a fair amount but he understands I’m really busy and respects my time, which is nice.”

Like his brother, Sean stands out in baseball. Illinois high schools play that sport during the spring. He competes in basketball as well.

The busy schedule limits McLaughlin’s focus on football recruiting.

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“I’m still very open and don’t plan on verbally committing any time soon. So, honestly, things are still all up in the air,” he said.

Kevo Wesley (6-5, 265) – The fast-rising prospect from Chicago Currie picked up a scholarship offer during a junior day in February. He return to campus during the weekend for a look at spring practice.

“What stood out most about the visit was when Coach Polasek pulled up my film and compared it to what they do at Iowa with the offensive line. It really showed me how well I fit into the scheme they run and techniques,” Wesley told HN.

He also met with head coach Kirk Ferentz and strength coach Chris Doyle during the visit. They filled him in on all aspects of the program.

“Iowa is definitely on the top tier of my list with everything they have to offer,” Wesley said.

He mentioned Iowa State, Illinois, Boston College, Syracuse, Arizona, Vanderbilt and Rutgers as other schools standing out to him. They’ve all offered him scholarships.

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Quick-Hitters

-North Attleboro (Mass.) Bishop Feehan tight end Caleb Fauria, the son of former Colorado and NFL tight end Christian Fauria, is scheduled to unofficially visit Iowa on Tuesday, he tells HN. The Hawkeyes, Buffaloes and Boston College top his list of prospective schools. A decision is expected soon.

-St. Louis Desmet High linebacker Lanell Carr tells HN that he will be unofficially visiting Iowa on Friday. It’s the Hawkeyes’ final spring practice.

He says his recruitment is open, and reports offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others.

-Omari Porter, a cornerback from Auburn, Ala., tells HN that he has set his Iowa official visit for June 21-23. He’ll be back on campus after visiting for junior day in February.

“Things are going really well,” he said of his relationship with the Hawkeyes.

Porter said he’s in frequent contact with assistant Derrick Foster.

-Iowa impressed Joe Moore throughout this offseason, including during his junior day visit in February and another stop last month. The St. Louis defensive end has continued his ascension in recruiting, picking up offers from Oregon and his father’s alma mater, Missouri, recently.

-Carroll Kuemper defensive end Blaise Gunnerson visited Iowa on multiple occasions last season and stopped back on campus in early February. The Hawkeyes appeared well-positioned.

Something changed. He told Rivals earlier this month that he would be choosing between Iowa State and Nebraska.

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