Hawkeye Hoops, Football Handing Out Scholarship Offers

May 8, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Blink and you could miss something in recruiting during this time of year. Open evaluation periods in football and basketball are leading to Iowa handing out scholarship offers.

We’re only halfway through the work week, and plenty of opportunities have gone out. They followed a flurry last week.

Here’s a look:

-On the football side, the Hawkeyes are making a push at receiver. Last week, they offered Florida’s Kaleb Long, who spoke with HN about it. They came back with an offer for Peoria’s Kaevion Mack on Monday and fellow Illinois product AJ Lawson on Tuesday. They jumped back into the Sunshine State on Wednesday with offers for Quavon Matthews and Ajou Ajou.

-Iowa is in the running for top tight ends Theo Johnson, Jonathan Odom and Caleb Fauria, but it was determined to not wait around. It jumped in with Ohio’s Luke Lachey on Wednesday.

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-Webster Groves (MO) defensive end Noah Arinze reported an Iowa offer on Tuesday night and fellow D-lineman Jerhan Newton grabbed one last week. Another player at the position, Fort Wayne’s Deonte Craig, announced an offer last week.

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-The Hawkeyes also are jumping in with sophomores and freshmen. In the ’21 class, Jakailin Johnson, Avante Dickerson, Rayshaun Benny, Mac Uihlein, Cane Berrong, Ryan Keeler and Agiye Hall are reporting recent offers. Ninth-graders’ Gavin Sawchuk, Kevin Lamar Coleman Jr., and Toriano Pride Jr. are doing the same.

On the basketball side, coach Fran McCaffery and staff were busy in the ’20 class on Wednesday. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Davis, and Chicago’s DJ Steward and Nimari Burnett, who spoke with HN, reported scholarship offers. They came on the heels of reported opportunities from Zach Loveday, Davion Bradford and John Hugley from last week.

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