Huge Recruiting Weekend for the Hawkeyes

January 22, 2016

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The mother of all Iowa recruiting round-ups hits here this weekend. Well, at least when talking about the 2016 Class.

Twenty two players in this cycle are expected to officially visit the Hawkeyes during the next three days. Eighteen of those athletes are verbally committed and expected to sign letters of intent on Feb. 3.

Among the non-pledged invitees will be a pair of hulking offensive linemen.

Sioux Falls (SD) Washington High standout Matt Farniok is coming off a Michigan State official after having also done the same at Nebraska. You can read about how his coach feels about Iowa’s chances here.

Alaric Jackson of Detroit Renaissance High officially visits with long-time friend and Hawkeye verbal, Cedrick Lattimore. You can read Jackson’s thought’s on Iowa and about his relationship with Lattimore here.

The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Pella’s Noah Clayberg, will check out Iowa after spending two hours visiting with Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and Assistant Reese Morgan on Monday at his school. They extended a gray shirt opportunity to go with his preferred walk-on chance. You can read about that here.

The Hawkeyes are reaching to the East Coast for their kicker in this cycle. Keith Duncan from Matthews (NC) Weddington High and his family were traveling through the snow on the way to Iowa City Friday morning when I contacted him. He has a preferred walk-on opportunity, one that he could jump on if things go well this weekend, as you can read here.

Other than that, 18 committed members of a highly-regarded class by the coaches will be receiving the red-carpet treatment at their future home. The remainder of the group is expected to officially visit next weekend.

That 18 could drop down to 17 depending on what happens with Omaha (NE) Tight End Noah Fant. As I reported Thursday, he was considering a Minnesota visit and needed to talk with the Iowa coaches about that last night. I’ve been unable to reach Fant since late Thursday afternoon and would consider this situation still to be fluid.

Update: Fant let HN know Friday afternoon that he and his family were traveling to Iowa City for his official visit.

Of course, the Hawkeye staff masters the art of covert operations when it comes to recruiting. Last year around this time, it snuck Alabama Running Back Eric Graham into town on an official visit and then signed him after Karan Higdon bailed and went to Michigan. So, we could see a few unexpected players on campus the next few weekends.

Hawkeye Nation will be at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday when the recruits will attend Iowa’s hoops game against Purdue. We’ll snap photos and do our best to sniff out any surprise visitors.

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Here’s a list of the verbally committed players expected to be on campus:

Toks Akinribade, RB, Indiana

Cole Bonwart, OL, Iowa

Shaun Beyer, TE, Iowa

Lance Billings, DB, Ohio

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Cedric Boswell, DB, Michigan

Noah Fant, TE, Nebraska

Chauncey Golston, DE, Michigan

Amani Hooker, DB, Minnesota

Cedrick Lattimore, DE, Michigan

Romeo McKnight, DE, Illinois

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Emmanuel Rugamba, DB, Illinois

Austin Shulte, DE, Iowa

Nathan Stanley, QB, Wisconsin

Barrington Wade, RB, Illinois

Kristian Welch, ATH, Wisconsin

Spencer Williams, OL, Iowa

Devonte Young, WR, Maryland

Toren Young, RB, Wisconsin

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