The Hawkeye Football Recruiting Stock Report – May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The number of known verbal commitments in Iowa’s 2019 recruiting class grew by one during the past week. Ohio linebacker Jestin Jacobs’ pledge brought it to eight members, a group currently ranked 27th by Rivals.

He joined in-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Noah Fenske, Cedar Falls (IA) linebacker Jack Campbell, Illinois tight end Logan Lee and safety Sebastian Castro, and Kansas City receiver Desmond Hutson in the class.

At this time last year, Iowa had secured six commitments in that cycle. Samson Evans became No. 7 on on May 21. By July 4th, it had 11.

So, the Hawkeyes’ progress in this class is pretty typical. If it holds to recent form, we should see another half dozen or so pledges before the end of summer.

Here’s a look at four prospects with offers and where Iowa stands with them in the form of our weekly HN Stock Report:

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Jirehl Brock, RB, Quincy (IL) High, ’19

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  • Iowa Stock: arrow, up icon
  • Outlook: Brock isn’t a stranger to the Stock Report. Iowa became the first school to offer him a scholarship, doing so in March of last year. He’s risen up the rankings to four-star status since then and garnered a lot more offers. Last month, he included the Hawkeyes among his Top 7 and when he trimmed that list to five on Tuesday, they remained a contender along with Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue. He was back in Iowa City last month for the spring scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium. He’s the top running back on Iowa’s board. It’s a position of need.

Kyren Williams, RB/Slot, St. Louis (MO) Vianney High, ’19

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  • Outlook: While Brock is a mix of power and speed, Williams boasts a lot of the latter. He was seen as a receiver heading into his junior year but now is being viewed as an Akrum Wadley like running back that can line up in the slot and makes plays in space. Williams trimmed his list of schools to eight this week and the Hawkeyes were in there with Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Missouri, Stanford and Notre Dame. That’s good news, to be sure. However, the development only moves the outlook to holding. He hasn’t visited campus since March of ’17, shortly before Iowa became his second scholarship offer.

Craig Young, WR, Fort Wayne (IN) Wayne High, ’19 

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  • Iowa Stock: arrow, blue, forward, right icon
  • Outlook: Young released his list of Top 5 schools last week. The Hawkeyes made the cut along with Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State. Like with Williams, it’s great that Iowa remained in the hunt for one of the top targets in the Midwest. The outlook is holding, however, until Young visits campus. He’s visited the other schools in his Top 5. He does have a good relationship with recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell, so that could happen. Iowa is recruiting him as an athlete and he’s a good one.

Jake Karchinski, DE, West De Pere (WI) High, ’19

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  • Outlook: Karchinski received unwanted headlines last week when an Iowa State coach criticized him on social media in response to Iowa offering him. Peeling away that drama, he’s a talented player that the Hawkeyes have been evaluating for more than a year. He camped with them last summer and was expected back on campus today for an unofficial visit. Perhaps they end up with a commitment. Home-state Wisconsin also has been evaluating him and has a need at his position. The Badgers want him to camp with them this summer. An offer could come should he remain uncommitted and attend that event.

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