The Hawkeye Football Recruiting Stock Report – June 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For the first time in three weeks, Iowa did not secure a verbal commitment during the past seven days. The Hawkeyes held at nine known pledges for the cycle as the calendar flipped to June.

That still put them ahead of last year’s pace, when they had seven commitments after May. They picked up three last June.

For ’19, in-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Noah Fenske have announced they’d be going to Iowa. They’re joined by linebackers Jack Campbell and Jestin Jacobs, tight end Logan Lee, safety Sebastian Castro, receiver Desmond Hutson and defensive end Jake Karchinski.

It’s safe to say the Hawkeyes will finish up with 20-25 recruits in the ’19 class. The number is fluid based on how things shake out with the current roster this coming season.

They’ll play host to prospects throughout this month for camps, and for official and unofficial visits. Quincy (IL) High running back Jirehl Brock, a top target, is expected to officially visit the weekend of June 22.

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

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  • Outlook: We caught up with Miamen this week. He spoke highly of the Hawkeyes. They played host to him on an unofficial visit for a junior day in March so he knows what the program and facilities are about. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is leading the recruitment and likes him as a tight end. Adding Miamen to Lee in this class would be a good score at that position. The holding blue arrow here is because of the stiff competition for his services not that Iowa is lagging behind. He reports offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Vanderbilt and others. Getting him back on this campus this summer for a more personal one-on-one visit could go a long way in pushing the Hawkeyes to the top.

Justin Britt, OL, Indianapolis Warren Central, ’19

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  • Outlook: Britt was set to announce his college decision on June 30th but pushed that date back saying he needed more time. While he’s visited Iowa on multiple occasions and is comfortable with the program and staff, the longer his recruitment goes, the less likely he is to end up here. The coaches will be bringing line prospects through for camps this summer and they usually find guys they like during that process. Plus, they already have three commitments on the offensive line in this class. That’s why I’m putting the holding blue arrow on this one.

Solomon Brown, DB, Largo (FL) High, ’19

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  • Outlook: The Hawkeyes jumped in with a scholarship offer for the Sunshine State standout last week. He told HN that they’re building a strong bond with him. Brown plays for former Hawkeye Marcus Paschal at Largo and is friends with former teammate Calvin Lockett, who signed with Iowa in the ’18 Class. Lockett is trying to convince Brown to join him in Iowa City. Brown likes the Hawkeyes’ strong history with developing defensive backs. He hopes to get on campus sometime this summer.

Joshua DeBerry, CB, Warren (MI) De La Salle, ’19

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  • Outlook: Thursday, I touched base with DeBerry, who spoke with us in March after taking an Iowa unofficial visit. He told us back then that the Hawkeyes were among the favorites for his services. When asked if that’s still the case, he said “yes, they definitely are.” Like Brown, he likes what Iowa does with developing defensive backs and the success in putting them in the NFL. Iowa State, Kentucky and Northwestern also sit well with him. He’s undecided on when he’ll commit so that could play a role in his recruitment as schools fill up at his position.

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