Previewing Iowa’s Second Junior Day

March 1, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For the second time in the last three weekends, the Iowa football team will play host to a large group of recruits for a junior day. It’s another impressive collection of prospects.

Among the almost 50 players expected on campus will be Class of 2020 defensive tackle Logan Jones. The Council Bluffs Lewis Central standout is an Iowa verbal who attended last month’s junior day.

Jones will be helping recruit a pair of instate sophomores with Hawkeye offers. Like Jones, they’re defensive linemen.

T.J. Bollers will make the short trip to campus from Tiffin, where he plays defensive end for Clear Creek Amana. Griffin Liddle, a defensive tackle at Bettendorf, also will have an easy drive for the visit.

An important out-of-state visitor will receive his first look at Iowa. Tampa Jesuit tight end Jonathan Odom will check out the Hawkeyes, one of the first schools to offer a scholarship to the son of the former NFLer, Jason Odom.

The younger Odom reports offers from Florida, his father’s alma mater, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Penn State and many others. His high school teammate, safety Dane Belton, is a member of Iowa’s 2019 recruiting class.

A pair of teammates from St. Peters (MO) Lutheran are expected back at Iowa. Gabriel Rubio, a ’21 defensive tackle, and ’22 running back Arlen Harris Jr. both hold Hawkeye offers.

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D’Vontae Key, a ’20 receiver from Raytown (MO), reports an offer from Iowa. He’ll be joined by classmate Dontae Manning, a cornerback with offers from the Hawkeyes, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and others. They are high school teammates with Desmond Hutson, a signee in the Hawkeyes’ ’19 class.

St. Louis receiver Jay Maclin anticipates being at junior day. The junior boasts an Iowa offer along with opportunities from Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and others.

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Minnesota sophomore offensive lineman Riley Mahlman reports offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin, among others. Frankfort (IL) Lincoln Way East junior defensive end Sean McLaughlin shows offers from the Hawkeyes, Syracuse and others.

Hayden Pauls, a ’20 offensive tackle from Emporia (KS) High, has been offered by Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Purdue. Topeka (KS) junior running back Ky Thomas returns to Iowa City for a second junior day stop. He holds offers from the Hawkeyes, Kansas, Kansas State and Minnesota.

Xavier Watts is a rising junior receiver from Omaha Burke. He reports offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Kansas City Park Hill junior defensive end Johnny Wilson shows offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas and Missouri.

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There’s a group of players with other Power 5 offers who could add one from Iowa this weekend. They include: Jeremiah Banks-Wall (Syracuse), Malik Berry (Kansas State), Tanor Bortolini (Syracuse), Brody Brecht (Iowa State), David Carter (Iowa State), Nate Matlack (Kansas, Kansas State, Syracuse), Ronald Pledger (Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech), Willis Singleton (Iowa State) and Hunter Zenzen (Iowa State).

Here’s a full list of visitors expected in Iowa City this weekend:

Queden Ballew, ’20, DE, Des Moines East
Jeremiah Banks-Wall, ’20, OT, Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic
Jalon Benson, ’20, WR, Machesney Park (IL) Harlem
Malik Berry, ’20, OLB, Lawrence (KS) Free State
T.J. Bollers, ’21, DE, Tiffin Clear Creek-Amana
Tanor Bortolini, ’20, OT, Kewaunee (WI)
Brody Brecht, ’21, WR, Ankeny
David Carter, ’20, CB, River Rouge (MI)
Terrence Collins, ’20, RB, Overland Park (KS) St. Thomas Aquinas
Carter Ferrie, ’21, ILB, New Hampton
Austin Frederick, ’20, TE, Aurora (IL) Metea Valley
Javion Gathrite, ’20, CB, Kansas City Park Hill
Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan, ’21, OLB, Kansas City Lincoln College Prep
Arlen Harris Jr., ’22, RB, St. Peters (MO) Lutheran
Cameron Jackson, ’20, OC/OG, Milwaukee Wauwatosa West
Logan Jones, ’20, DT, Council Bluffs Lewis Central
Tysen Kershaw, ’20, WR, Ft. Dodge
D’Vontae Key, ’20, WR, Raytown (MO)
Griffin Liddle, ’21, DT, Bettendorf
Jay Maclin, ’20, WR, Kirkwood (MO)
Riley Mahlman, ’21, OT, Lakeville (MN) South
Seth Malcom, ’21, OLB, Tabor Freemont-Mills
Dontae Manning, ’20, CB, Raytown (MO)
T.K. Marshall, ’20, RB, Minneapolis Southwest Senior
Nate Matlack, ’20, DE, Olathe (KS) East
Sean McLaughlin, ’20, DE, Franfort (IL) Lincoln Way East
Will Norris, ’20, ILB, Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge
Jonathan Odom, ’20, TE, Tampa (FL) Jesuit
Hayden Pauls, ’20, OT, Emporia (KS)
Brady Petersen, ’20, OT, Ankeny (IA) Centennial
Carson Petlon, ’21, OC/OG, Manchester West Delaware
Ronald Pledger, ’20, CB, Chicago Phillips Academy
Jaylin Richardson, ’20, RB, Kansas City Schlagle
Gabriel Rubio, ’21, DT, St. Peters Lutheran
Caleb Siech, ’20, OC/OG, Waverly-Shell Rock
Willis Singleton, ’20, DT, Gurnee (IL) Warren Township
Danny Striggow, ’20, DE, Long Lake (MN) Orono
Ky Thomas, ’20, RB, Topeka (KS)
Sean Timmis, ’20, OC/OG, Milwaukee Marquette
Lukas Van Ness, ’20, DE, Barrington (IL)
Jaydon Wannstedt, ’22, DT, St. Peters Lutheran
Xavier Watts, ’20, WR, Omaha Burke
Hunter Welcing, ’20, TE, Lake Zurich (IL)
Adrian Wilson, ’20, DE, Frankfort (IL) Lincoln Way East
Johnny Wilson, ’20, DE, Kansas City Park Hill
Hunter Zenzen, ’20, OLB Barnesville (MN)

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