IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa’s 2019 recruiting class grew by three since our last Stock Report. It’s up to 13 known pledges.
Michigan defensive end Jalen Junt, Indianapolis offensive lineman Justin Britt and Dane Belton, a defensive back from Tampa, jumped on board during their official visits last weekend. They were joined on campus by the Hawkeyes previous 10 commitments.
Along with the newest trio of commitments, in-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Noah Fenske are in the Hawkeye class. Illinois’ Logan Lee, a tight end, and safety Sebastian Castro also are in the fold. Linebackers Jack Campbell (Cedar Falls) and Jestin Jacobs (Ohio), Missouri receiver Desmond Hutson, Wisconsin defensive end Jake Karchinski and Colorado quarterback Alex Padilla round out the group.
The group should end up with about 20 recruits. It’s hard to provide an exact number with the fluidity of recruiting and rosters these days, but Iowa hasn’t had a class with less than 20 prospects during the last decade and eight had 21 or more.
The bus is filling up and the pool is thinning out, but we’ll forge ahead with the latest Stock Report:
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Tomari Fox, DL, Suwanee (GA) Collins Hill High, ’19
- Outlook: Fox was the fourth uncommitted prospect to officially visit last weekend. While he told HN he was close to joining the party, he held off, wanting to take other visits to compare them to Iowa. The Hawkeyes definitely set the bar high and Fox bonded well with the pledges. He’s been interacting with them on social media since the stop and they’ll continue working on him to join the group. Expect Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Ole Miss and West Virginia to be among the main competitors for his services.
Cameron Baker, LB, Council Bluffs Jefferson, ’19
- Outlook: The longer Baker waits the less likely it is that he’ll end up in the black and gold. The Hawkeyes already have two linebackers committed in Campbell and Jacobs. They’re also well positioned for Omaha’s Nick Henrich. They took four linebackers in the ’18 class and it’s probably unlikely they do the same in this cycle. Baker also is being recruited as a running back, but Iowa doesn’t see him at that spot right now. I get the feeling that he wants to play offense and he could end up going to a smaller school, like Northern Iowa, so he can.
Mosai Newsom, DE, Waverly-Shell Rock, ’19
- Outlook: Iowa probably is unlikely to take both Newsom and Fox with Hunt and Karchinski already on board. Michigan State offered Newsom last week as his stock continues to rise. He doesn’t appear close to a decision and that could factor into how things go with the Hawkeyes. He told us earlier this month that he was looking to visit Iowa to learn more about the academic side but that has not yet happened. It just feels like schools like Nebraska and Northwestern are right there with, if not ahead of Iowa here.
Jacardia Wright, RB, Decatur (IL) St. Theresa, ’19
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- Outlook: It was believed that when Iowa backed away from running back Jirehl Brock recently it was focused on taking just one player at the position. It was expected to be Georgia’s Tyler Goodson, who is scheduled to announce his commitment on Tuesday. While that might be the way it plays out, the Hawkeyes would be wise to continue recruiting Wright, with whom they’ve built a strong relationship. He isn’t expected to commit until after the season so it allows time for them to evaluate the position throughout the season.