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Recruiting Notebook: 1st ’21 Pledge, New Offers, Official Visitors

June 6, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – May and June represent two of the busiest months on the recruiting trail for Iowa and other programs across the country. There’s an open period followed by on campus camps.

Jameson Geers took advantage of the latter opportunity. He worked out for the Hawkeyes on Sunday and left town with a scholarship offer.

“It means a lot because Iowa is one of the best schools in the country, especially for tight ends,” the New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic junior-to-be told HN.

Geers (6-5, 225) spoke with Hawkeye assistant Seth Wallace at the Lindenwood camp last week. The relationship advanced once he got on campus.

“I didn’t know if Iowa was going to offer me. I went to the Iowa Camp and got to talk to Coach Brian Ferentz in the tight end session. After the camp, I got together with Coach Kirk Ferentz, and after a great talk with him I got the offer,” he said.

Geers also reports offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville and Minnesota, among others. After camping at Iowa the last two summers, the Hawkeyes are well positioned here.

“Coach Kirk told me that they don’t just throw offers to anyone. That’s what I really liked about the program. They only want the best character people playing for them. They also do not just focus on being good on the field. They talked to me about becoming a better person and building a strong future,” he said.

Geers is looking to visit Iowa again and learn more about the strong tight end history there. He’s impressed with what he’s heard so far.

“I fully acknowledge how special the tight end tradition is at Iowa. It’s the best of the best. They create the best, hard-working tight ends in the country, and I’m very blessed to be able to possibly be a part of it in the future,” he said.

FIRST ONE IN: If Geers becomes a Hawkeye, he’d be a future teammate of fellow Illinoisan Gennings Dunker, who verbally committed to Iowa after he was offered following Sunday’s camp.

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The offensive lineman gave the Hawkeyes two players from Lena-Winslow High. He joined defensive lineman Isaiah Bruce, a verbal commitment in the 2020 class.

Dunker (6-5, 265) became Iowa’s first pledge in the ’21 cycle.

“I accepted the offer because I’ve always been a fan of Iowa, and it’s a great place. It’s pretty cool to be the first one of the ’21 class. It’s gonna be pretty cool to play with Isaiah,” he told HN.

Dunker used to live in Iowa, and his parents are “huge Hawkeye fans.”

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“I think it’s a good place because they have great coaches and a great culture,” he said.

Iowa was the first school to offer Dunker a scholarship.

ON THE RISE: Kaleb Brown has played one season of high school football. That’s all the Chicago St. Rita High product needed to impress colleges.

Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota all saw enough of him to offer scholarships last week. The Hawkeyes had been evaluating him.

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“I knew Iowa was going to offer me when they told me they would be watching me more often after the first time I met with them. The offer meant a lot to me knowing that more than one Division I school was seeing my talents. It was just an honor,” he told HN.

Brown (5-11, 185) is being recruited as an athlete.

“(The Hawkeyes) haven’t said what position they like me at yet,” he said.

Brown has heard from his high school coach that Iowa is a good school and solid program.

“I’m not sure how soon it will be, but I’m working on a visit to Iowa,” he said.

EXTRA POINTS: ’20 Kansas offensive lineman Mason Richman impressed the Iowa coaches at Sunday’s camp. He set up an official visit for this weekend and an offer could be in the offing during the stop. Kansas has offered…Richman will be joined on his official visit by a pair of top targets in the senior class. Toronto tight end Theo Johnson and Tampa offensive lineman Connor McLaughlin, both four-stars, are scheduled to be in town on officials…The Hawkeyes handed out their first and only offer to date in the ’23 recruiting class to Alabama defensive end Keldric Faulk last week. They were joined by Penn State, Tennessee and Florida in doing so. He just finished eighth grade…’21 West Branch defensive end Jeff Bowie picked up an offer after camping at Iowa Sunday. He added it to opportunities from Iowa State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech…The Hawkeyes became the first to offer ’22 Wisconsin O-Lineman Carson Hinzman after he camped here on Sunday.

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