It’s Officially a Huge Weekend for the Hawkeyes

June 21, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa will be looking to keep a successful month of recruiting going this weekend. The Hawkeyes are playing host to the largest group of official visitors during the 2020 recruiting cycle.

HawkeyeNation.com had confirmed 21 prospects using one of their the five officials allowed by the NCAA on Iowa. Ten of them have verbally committed to the Hawkeyes, while the others hold an offer and are top targets.

The Hawkeyes have secured four verbal commitments since June 12, bringing their total number of known pledges in the class to 14. They were expected to have between 20-25 when all is said and done.

Here’s the skinny on each visitor for this weekend:

VERBAL COMMITMENTS

Yahya Black – The under-the-radar defensive end from Marshall (MN) High pledged to the Hawkeyes last weekend while in town for a camp. He already held a scholarship offer before arriving, but wanted to work with and learn from the coaches. He also reported FBS offers from Kansas State and Minnesota.

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Isaiah Bruce – One of the first members of this class, the Lena (IL) Lena-Winslow high defensive lineman jumped in on Nov. 1. Northwestern came forward with an offer this spring, but Bruce has not wavered from an Iowa program that gave him his first offer. He also reported an offer from Iowa State.

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Deuce Hogan – The four-star quarterback from Grapevine (TX) Faith Christian returns to town almost a year after committing as the first player in this class. He’s been the pied piper of the group since then, connecting with other targets and helping the Hawkeyes recruit. Tennessee and Georgia of the SEC extended to him offers in January, but Hogan has stayed true to Iowa.

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Ethan Hurkett – The first of two pledges from two-time defending Class 3A state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier, Hurkett came on board on Feb. 17 shortly after picking up an offer. The hard-hitting linebacker just was beginning to see his recruitment rise. Iowa State, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Purdue were showing him interest.

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Logan Jones – Iowa identified this Council Bluffs Lewis Central defensive lineman early on the recruiting process, built a relationship and then closed the deal. He also reported scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska. The Class 4A State shot put champion plays through the whistle with great leverage.

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Michael Lois – The second commitment in this class has one of its most inspiring stories to tell. The Elkhorn (WI) High defensive lineman suffered a scary swimming pool accident late last summer that almost left him paralyzed. He’s steadily regained strength in his quest to return to the field. The Hawkeyes have stuck with him throughout the process.

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Josh Volk – The second of the Cedar Rapids Xavier commitments in this cycle, Volk held an Iowa offer after camping there last summer. His junior season was cut short by a knee injury suffered in the state semifinals, but not before he also held offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. He’s on track to be back for his senior season.

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Gavin Williams – After helping underdog Southeast Polk to the state semifinals last season, Williams transferred to state champion West Des Moines Dowling Catholic after the winter break. He committed to the Hawkeyes on Jan. 11 ahead of offers from Iowa State, Michigan and Nebraska. Like most others in this class, the running back shies away from the spotlight.

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Leshon Williams – The second running back to commit in this cycle, Williams teamed up with ’19 Iowa safety commitment Sebastian Castro at Oak Lawn (IL) Richards High. Kansas State, Cincinnati and most of the MAC schools also reportedly offered him scholarships. He committed to the Hawkeyes days after receiving an opportunity.

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Elijah Yelverton – This talented tight end joins Hogan as a top Texas talent headed to the Midwest. The success of outgoing players (T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant) at his position, impacted Yelverton’s decision and the Dallas Bishop Dunne standout is hoping to follow in their footsteps. Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oregon and Penn State were among his 36 offers.

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UNCOMMITTED TARGETS

Reggie Bracy – The talented safety from Mobile (AL) St. Paul’s is coming off an official visit to Indiana last weekend. He also reports scholarship offers from the Air Force, Navy and Southern Mississippi, among others. He spoke with HN last month about his bond with the Hawkeyes.

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Deontae Craig – A defensive end from Culver (IN) Academies, Craig also claims Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Notre Dame among his 17 reported scholarship offers. He visited the Vols in April and Indiana earlier this month. He’s also a talented basketball player.

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Brenden Deasfernandes – A late bloomer from Belleville (MI) High, Deasfernandes can be viewed as a Phil Parker special. The longtime assistant has a way of searching out overlooked talent and this cornerback appears to be in that mold. His other reported offers are from Davenport (the college, not the city), Northwood and Southeast Missouri State.

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Jay Higgins – This inside linebacker from Indianapolis Brebeuf Jesuit Prep long has coveted an Iowa offer and one came his way earlier this month. He spoke with HN about it shortly after receiving it. The Air Force and many of the MAC schools also have offered.

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Luke Lachey – The Hawkeyes would like at add at least one and possibly two more tight ends in class, and Lachey has risen to the top of the board. The Grandview Heights (OH) High standout talked with HN about Iowa last month. Georgia Tech, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, West Virginia and Wisconsin are among his other 27 reported offers. He visited the Spartans earlier this week.

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AJ Lawson – A safety from Decatur (IL) MacArther High, Lawson also reports scholarship offers from Minnesota and most of the MAC programs. The Hawkeyes jumped in with an opportunity early last month and then secured his first official visit.

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Kaevion Mack – The Peoria (IL) High receiver picked up offers from Iowa and others as a rising prospect this spring, and then backed off his verbal commitment to Northern Illinois. He visited Iowa City in April and now returns for an official.

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Bryce Mostella – Mostella will be making his fourth visit to Iowa City but his first since last summer. The athletic defensive end from East Kentwood (MI) High discussed his relationship with the Hawkeyes last August, putting them in his Top 5 at the time. He also reports Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Miami (FL), Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State among his 23 offers.

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Omari Porter – The Auburn (AL) High defensive back took in an Iowa junior day back in February. He told HN in April that things were going well with the Hawkeyes. Porter reports other offers from Cal, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Purdue, Stanford and Virginia Tech, among others.

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Lukas Van Ness – A defensive end from Barrington (IL) High, Van Ness announced on social media Friday afternoon that he had picked up a Hawkeye offer and would be officially visiting this weekend. He stopped by the school back in March and camped here earlier this month. He also reports offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Illinois, among others.

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Diante Vines – This receiver from the Waterford (CT) Taft School relayed to HN back in March that the Iowa offer he’d just picked up brought tears to his mother’s eyes. Boston College and Syracuse are among his other reported offers. He visited the Orange earlier this week.

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Aaron Witt – The Iowa staff built a strong relationship with Witt, playing host to him on multiple campus visits only to see him commit to home-state Minnesota in November. The Winona (MN) High defensive end back off that pledge last month and the Hawkeyes jumped right back into the picture. He officially visited Iowa State last week. He shared with HN last summer his thoughts on Iowa.

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