IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa went into the July 4th holiday with a bang. The day before, it picked up a commitment from three-star Georgia running back Tyler Goodson.
The pledge brought the Hawkeyes’ total up to 14 for the 2019 recruiting class. It put them three ahead of last year’s pace, when they didn’t reach that number until December.
With that in mind, Iowa can and likely will be choosy filling out the remainder of the group. Omaha linebacker Nick Henrich is a top target as is Georgia defensive end Tomari Fox, who officially visited last month.
As it relates to our weekly Stock Report, the task becomes more challenging. It will be tough coming up with four players each week to analyze.
It seems as good a time as any to start integrating the ’20 class into the exercise. The clock continues speeding up and, according to Rivals, 56 different juniors-to-be hold Iowa offers.
Texas quarterback Deuce Hogan led things off for that cycle when he announced for the Hawkeyes last week. He became the youngest signal caller to commit to them during coach Kirk Ferentz’s 20 years.
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This move doesn’t mean we’re abandoning the ’19 class. It will remain a part of the report through signing day.
Here’s a look at this week’s edition:
Aaron Witt, DL, Winona (MN), ’20
- Outlook: Witt camped with Iowa last month and showed the coaches that he’s capable of playing at the Big Ten level. They offered him a scholarship. Iowa State did the same and he’ll be camping with Minnesota on July 28. He’s connected with lead Hawkeye recruiter Tim Polasek and felt a good vibe with the program, he told HN. He said he’s aiming for a decision by next spring and Iowa is well positioned. It will continue building the relationship Sept. 1, when the staff can begin contacting this year’s juniors.
Isaiah Bruce, DL, Lena-Winslow (IL), ’20
- Outlook: Like Witt, Bruce earned a scholarship offer while camping with the Hawkeyes last month. It was his first one and he spoke with HN about what it meant. He’s an exceptional athlete being overlooked because he plays for a small school, one that won the Class 1A state title last fall. It will be interesting to see if Iowa’s interest sparks others to look into this young man. His film is impressive. His bother attended Iowa and he feels comfortable with the school and its surroundings.
Josh Volk, OL, Cedar Rapids (IA) Xavier, ’20
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- Outlook: To be clear, for the uninitiated, Volk’s stock with Iowa is neutral. Part of that is because his stock as a prospect is rising. Also, Iowa State offered him in December while the Hawkeyes came forward after his second camp with them last month. That could give the Cyclones extra juice in this competition. Volk certainly likes and understands the offensive line history at the school just down I-380, but he could see more options come his way with a strong junior year. Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin are among a group of schools showing him interest.
Makari Paige, S, West Bloomfield (MI), ’20
- Outlook: Paige visited Iowa in April, and the coaches and program impressed him. The neutral arrow here has less to do with what the Hawkeyes have done and more to do with the competition for his services. Already a four-star prospect, he reports scholarship offers from, among others, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Those aren’t schools Iowa routinely beats for prospects.