IOWA CITY, Iowa – Another week has passed without an Iowa football commitment. Jake Karchinski was the last pledge, announcing his decision on May 18.
No need to panic. With nine known commitments in the 2019 class, the Hawkeyes are one ahead of their pace from a year ago.
They hit 10 on June 26. They had 13 by Sept. 1.
The next few months should see a more players coming into the fold. Iowa is holding prospect camps in June, and also playing host to athletes on official and unofficial visits.
The Hawkeyes are well stocked on the offensive line with in-staters Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Noah Fenske already in the fold. They have a pair of linebackers in Jack Campbell and Jestin Jacobs. Karchinski (defensive end), Logan Lee (tight end), Desmond Huston (receiver) and Sebastian Castro (safety) round out the early commitments.
Even though it’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen a new member of the group, recruiting never sleeps. Here’s a look at where the Hawkeyes stand with some of their targets in our latest HN Stock Report:
Tomari Fox, DE, Suwanee (GA) Collins Hill, ’19
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Outlook: We finally caught up with Fox this week after he picked up an Iowa offer on May 19. He told us he’s building a nice bond with recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell, likes the Hawkeyes’ tradition and plans on visiting them this month. They landed linebacker Jayden McDonald from Suwanee North Gwinnett in the ’18 class and sit well with his teammate, running back Tyler Goodson, in the ’19 cycle. There’s a ton of talent in the Atlanta area. Fox said Iowa is among his top schools. He doesn’t plan on deciding until after his senior season, though, so more programs could jump into the mix.
Zach Calzada, QB, Sugar Hill (GA) Lanier, ’19
Outlook: Calzada was among a foursome of quarterbacks offered by Iowa last month. One of them, Jacob Clark of Texas, came off the board to Minnesota this week. Ohio’s Connor Bazelak and Maverick McIvor still have not set up visits. It could prove difficult landing a sought after signal caller in this cycle with the current depth chart. Calzada looks like the longest shot among quartet. Home state Georgia offered him a scholarship this week. He already held opportunities from Cincinnati, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Northwestern, Oklahoma St., Pitt, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, among others.
Da’Shaun Brown, ATH, Racine (WI) St. Catherine’s, ’19
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Outlook: The Hawkeyes seemed to build some momentum with Brown when he visited campus twice during a three-week period last fall and picked up a scholarship offer. He hasn’t been back to town since then, however. Wisconsin offered before Iowa and figured to have the inside track but there hasn’t been much written about their relationship, either. Overall, it’s been quiet with regards to Brown other than he hopes to make a decision this month. Iowa State and Syracuse remain in the mix. The holding stock report for Iowa seems like the right call here.
Mosai Newsom, DE, Waverly-Shell Rock (IA), ’19
Outlook: As more time passes, it just feels like Iowa is losing more of the hold it had here early on in the process. Maybe Newsom is just letting the things play out and looking for the best fit (which he should do) instead of defaulting to the in-state school. Speculation is that Nebraska has leaped the Hawkeyes in the pecking order with him making multiple stops to Lincoln this spring. He plays in a 3-4 defense in high school and may see that alignment, which the Huskers run, a better fit than Iowa’s 4-3. He did tell me Thursday that he plans to visit the Hawkeyes again this summer, mainly to meet with academic personnel. He’s also close friends with Fenske. Time will tell, but we’ll go with a holding arrow for now.