Newest Hawkeyes Preparing for Campus Arrival

May 16, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The new redshirt rule ushered in last season by the NCAA worked well for Iowa. Most of the Hawkeye true freshmen saw the field. Only three played more than the four-game limit to retain a redshirt.

With a season of experience working with the new setup, the Hawkeye coaches should be even more comfortable with it. That will benefit the the 2019 recruiting class.

That group arrives on campus early next month. It’s a group packed with potential.

It’s usually easier getting in the field early the farther you line up away from the ball. With advanced high school strength and conditioning programs, that’s not as pronounced as it used to be, however.

We can play the odds in guessing who might not wear a redshirt this fall. It’s difficult predicting needs this far out and injuries occur randomly.

Not many people would have pegged Julius Brents, Riley Moss and Kaevon Merriweather as the trio to exceed the four-game threshold in 2018. That trio in the secondary were used in part because of injuries.

Those players red shirting this season can take advantage of their four-game maximum. Tyler Linderbaum, Nico Ragaini, Tyrone Tracy, Dillon Doyle, Seth Benson, D.J. Johnson are poised to help this season after retaining eligibility last fall.

With the new setup, it’s wise to brush up on who’s coming to town. They can help a little, a lot, or somewhere in-between.

HN reached out to members of the class and asked some get-to-know-you questions. We didn’t hear back from some of the guys, and six members of the class arrived in January, took part in spring practice and no longer were available for interviews.

Here’s what we learned:

Jermari Harris, DB, Chicago

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 9th.

2. Who is your roommate? Sebastian Castro.

3. What number will you wear? Not sure yet.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? To get on the field and be productive for my team in anyway possible.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? We haven’t talked on specifics. We will when I get there.

Dane Belton, DB, Tampa

1. What is your arrival date to campus? I fly up the second of June to shop and get stuff for my dorm. I move in June 8th.

2. Who is your roommate? Desmond Hutson.

3. What number will you wear? I will be wearing No. 4.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goal for my first season is to hopefully start. I want to start working right off the bat to earn my spot in the defensive backfield.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The coaches have said that I can play safety and corner, but they see me at that cash position. I will be trying to learn each position so I can get on the field faster.

Josiah Miamen, TE, Illinois

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 9th.

2. Who is your roommate? My roommate is Tyler Goodson.

3. What number will you wear? My number is No. 80.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goal for the first season is to work as hard as I possibly can and hopefully make my way into the rotation and travel with the team, whatever role that may be.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The coaches have told me that if I get to campus and do all the right things that expectations are high for my future.

Jake Karchinski, DE, Wisconsin

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 9th.

2. Who is your roommate? My roommate is Noah Fenske.

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3. What number will you wear? My number is 93.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goal is to do whatever the team needs me to do and just put my head down and work.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? My plan is to start out at defensive end, but we’ll see how my body develops and if I move inside at defensive tackle.

Desmond Hutson, WR, Missouri

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 8th.

2. Who is your roommate? Dane Belton.

3. What number will you wear? I would love to keep 81, but I don’t know if that will stick.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? I want to be in the rotation my first year. I don’t want to sit out a year. I want to jump right in it.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? My coaches have just said it’s time to go to work when I get up there. I know I have to create my own destiny.

Jack Campbell, LB, Cedar Falls

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 9th.

2. Who is your roommate? I will be rooming with Logan Lee.

3. What number will you wear? Not sure yet. I’ve never asked.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goals as a first-year player are to be a sponge and learn for all of the veteran players and be a great teammate.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The plan right now is Mike backer.

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Noah Fenske, OL, New Hampton

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 8th.

2. Who is your roommate? I will be rooming with Jake Karchinski.

3. What number will you wear? My number will be 60.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goal is to do what ever I have to do to help the Hawks be successful. Whether that’s starting, second-team or scout, I will do what I can to help the team.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The coaches have mostly talked about starting inside and maybe moving outside, but I believe the plan for right now is to stay inside.

Logan Lee, DE, Illinois

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 9th.

2. Who is your roommate? Jack Campbell.

3. What number will you wear? I am not sure yet.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? I want to develop my game to the best of my ability. I just plan on pushing myself to be the hardest worker possible and see where that takes me.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? They moved me to defensive end (from tight end) just to get a couple more people on that side of the ball. I am not completely sure what their intentions are.

Sam LaPorta, TE, Illinois

1. What is your arrival date to campus? My arrival date on campus is June 3rd.

2. Who is your roommate? I believe my roommate will be Jackson Ritter, a walk-on receiver, but not completely sure.

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3. What number will you wear? I don’t know what number I’ll wear.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goal is to see the field in meaningful game time my first season.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? Coaches have told me depending on how fast I can learn things I could see action.

Sebastian Castro, DB, Illinois

1. What is your arrival date to campus? I plan to come on the 9th of June.

2. Who is your roommate? I’m rooming with Jermari Harris.

3. What number will you wear? I’m going with 28 if it’s available.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? I want to start and help our team win.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? They’re just telling me to get ready.

Yahweh Jeudy, LB, Florida

1. What is your arrival date to campus? June 8th.

2. Who is your roommate? I haven’t yet chosen one. I’m just going to let it fall in place.

3. What number will you wear? Number 55.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My primary goal when I arrive is to meet great people and develop into the man I’m meant to be.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The coaches honestly haven’t said too much of their plans for me besides putting on more weight, but I’m coming for it all. Time will tell.

Chris Reames, DE, Van Meter

1. What is your arrival date to campus? I move in June 8th.

2. Who is your roommate? I am rooming with Clayton Thurm from Williamsburg.

3. What number will you wear? I’m wearing number 98.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? I am looking forward to being able to make others better at the same time that I am.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The coaches are looking forward to developing me into a better player skillfully and putting weight on me. I’m still pretty light and getting some weight on me will be nice.

Tyler Goodson, RB, Georgia

1. What is your arrival date to campus? I leave for Iowa June 7th but move in day is the 9th.

2. Who is your roommate? My roommate is Josiah Miamen.

3. What number will you wear? I’ll be wearing number 5.

4. What are your goals for your first season at Iowa? My goal for the first season at Iowa is to make an impact for the team as quickly as possible and help the team win.

5. What have the coaches said is their plan for you? The coaches have been telling me to come prepared to work hard on the field and off the field, and the plan that they have for me is to make a quick impact for the team.

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