IOWA CITY, Iowa – Well, we made it through the first football recruiting cycle with two signing periods. All in all, things went pretty smoothly.

It ended up being a large class for Iowa. The Hawkeyes secured commitments from 22 players. That total included Nick Ragaini, Logan Klemp, Kaevon Merriweather and Jayden McDonald, who joined the group during the late period.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the 247 Network ranked Iowa’s class 36th nationally and eighth in the Big Ten. Rivals rated it 33rd and seventh.

Let’s take a closer look at the newest Hawkeyes and see what Iowa could be getting with each (alphabetical order):

Seth Benson
Position: Linebacker
Height, Weight: 6-1, 210
High School: Sioux Falls (SD) Washington
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Benson picked up an Iowa scholarship offer four days before the early signing period. He signed with the school less than a week later after being committed to South Dakota State. He produced and showed versatility in high school, playing all over the defense and some quarterback on offense. I think his best football is ahead of him now that he can focus on one position. Benson lined up inside in Washington’s 3-4 alignment and could fit in the middle or on the weak-side in Iowa’s 4-3 scheme. He’s athletic and can cover. He’ll need added strength.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Benson reminds me a little of Cole Fisher and Mike Humpal.

Julius Brents
Position: Defensive Back
Height, Weight: 6-2, 180
High School: Indianapolis Warren Central
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Boston College, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, NC State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: I was fortunate enough to see Brents perform at the Nike Opening Chicago Regional in May. He stood out in coverage as a long athlete with good hip action. When watching his senior highlights, I see a player that can run with receivers and also closes well on the ball. Iowa is bringing him in as a safety and you can see on film that he’s a physical player and not afraid to drive into the opponent. He projects as what teams need against modern day offenses – a safety that can line up in the slot and blanket a receiver but also support the run well.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: This is a tough one, as Brents looks more like a long cornerback in the mold of Josh Jackson or Bradley Fletcher. I’ll go with Sean Considine as a safety.

Dallas Craddieth
Position: Safety
Height, Weight: 6-0, 197
High School: St. Louis (MO) Hazelwood Central
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Indiana, Nebraska, Louisville, Minnesota, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Like Brents, I saw Craddieth perform at The Opening Chicago last spring. The defensive back drills at the event are catered to cornerbacks as most of them require coverage. To Craddieth’s credit, he accounted well for himself. He ran step for step with a strong group of receivers and won far more than he lost. When you watch his film, he answers the other areas required of a safety. He hits hard and supports the run well. He’s a well-rounded player at the position.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I think Craddieth could play free or strong safety. He reminds me of Amani Hooker but I also see some Marcus Paschal here.

Dillon Doyle
Position: Linebacker
Height, Weight: 6-3, 210
High School: Iowa City West
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Northern Illinois, Central Florida.
Howe’s Scouting Report: The son of Hawkeye strength coach Chris Doyle, Dillon has filled out his frame nicely the last two years. He looks capable of helping out right away from the physical standpoint. Doyle slots well into Iowa’s LEO linebacker spot on the outside. Having watched him play live twice this season and on several occasions last year, he does a nice job both in coverage and in run support. He reads his keys well and does a nice job with containment.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Doyle will remind Hawkeye fans of Ben Niemann, Christian Kirksey and A.J. Edds as a versatile outside linebacker capable of playing well in space.

Samson Evans
Position: Running Back
Height, Weight: 6-0, 200
High School: Crystal Lake (IL) Prairie Ridge
Senior Highlights: WATCH 
Other Reported Offers: Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Syracuse, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: I saw Evans play in person during the season. He shredded the opposition with his legs and arm, making it look easy. Iowa recruited him as a receiver before changing their minds to running back this season. As such, it’s a harder evaluation with the position switch. Evans ran for a ton of yards in leading his team to back to back state titles. He’s patient and shows good vision. It will take time transitioning to a spot where he’ll need to catch passes and block.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Wow. That’s difficult. Maybe a smaller Derrick Mitchell Jr.?

Henry Geil
Position: Running Back
Height, Weight: 6-1, 205
High School: Green Bay (WI) Preble
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State, Syracuse, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Like others in this class, I watched Geil work out at the Chicago Opening regional. The first thing that pops out is the body type. He’s well put together already but still can stand to add more bulk without losing any agility. He shows good hands and sound blocking technique. On film, he displays good vision and burst to go with power. There’s not a lot of cutting to his game but he’s not strictly a straight-ahead runner. He also takes on contact really well.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I’ll go Adam Robinson here. There’s not a lot of flash but there should be strong production.

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Cody Ince
Position: Offensive Line
Height, Weight: 6-6, 260
High School: Balsam Lake (WI) Unity
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Virginia, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Ince is a very good athlete as evidenced by his standout play on the basketball court. He fits the mold of an Iowa lineman who can move and succeeds with leverage and technique instead of girth. He shows good fundamentals already and plays with an edge. I like how he uses his hands and fires off of the ball. While he played right tackle in high school, I see him sliding over to guard at the next level. With his athleticism, he should be able to pull with ease.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I’m seeing some Matt Tobin possibilities in Ince as a taller guard with agility.

Jeff Jenkins
Position: Offensive Line
Height, Weight: 6-4, 275
High School: Crystal Lake (IL) Prairie Ridge
Senior Highlights: WATCH 
Other Reported Offers: Kansas, Purdue, Northern Illinois, Toledo, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: I saw Jenkins in person along with his teammate, Evans. A lot of the latter’s yards came running behind his good friend. Jenkins’ strength jumps out when you watch him. He employs it while playing with great leverage, which makes him hard to move. Like Ince, he plays tackle in high school but I think he would do well moving inside. His high school pulled him from his tackle position on run plays and he did so with ease. That could be even more effective from guard.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Looks a lot like Adam Gettis to me.

D.J. Johnson
Position: Cornerback
Height, Weight: 6-0, 170
High School: Indianapolis North Central
Senior Highlights: WATCH 
Other Reported Offers: Duke, Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Iowa jumped in early on Johnson and it paid off, as it was able to hold off Notre Dame and LSU. Johnson is a lockdown corner with excellent closing speed and hip action. He has tremendous upside and star potential. Johnson offers good size and strength with his agility. He’s a able and willing tackler, which makes him productive in the run game. He played against top-end competition in Indianapolis so he comes to college tested and prepared.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Johnson reminds me of Amari Spievey.

Logan Klemp
Position: Linebacker
Height, Weight: 6-3, 215
High School: Jewell (IA) South Hamilton
Senior Highlights: WATCH 
Other Reported Offers: North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Klemp picked up his scholarship offer on Friday and committed on the spot. Klemp did everything for South Hamilton. He rushed for 1,260 yards and 13 scores, and also caught 11 passes. On defense, he totaled 82.5 tackles (12 for loss) and six sacks. A member of his school’s basketball team, Klemp is a very good athlete. He probably fits best at the LEO position but I could also see him sliding to the weak-side.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I see some Tyler Nielsen in Klemp.

Tyler Linderbaum
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height, Weight: 6-2, 255
High School: Solon (IA)
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Iowa State.
Howe’s Scouting Report: I’ve been able to see Linderbaum each of the last three seasons and his progression has been noticeable. An accomplished wrestler, he combines strength with agility to go along with a steady motor. Linderbaum understands leverage and uses it to his advantage. He plays through the whistle with a nasty streak. He’s a sure tackler. He often saw double teams in high school and still found ways to make plays. He’s the only US Army All-American in this class.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Let’s go with Matt Kroul from rival Mount Vernon.

Calvin Lockett
Position: Wide Receiver
Height, Weight: 6-2, 160
High School: Largo (FL)
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon State, Purdue. Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Largo didn’t have the means to get the ball into Lockett’s hands through the air very often, but when it did big plays happened. He’s a long-limbed receiver with sure hands and the speed to run by defensive backs. He needs to add weight and strength, but the there’s no denying the exciting skill set. Lockett still is somewhat raw but has a high ceiling when things come together. He plays against some of the country’s top competition, so he’s certainly tested.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I’ll go with his coach, former Hawkeye Marcus Paschal, and say Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

Jayden McDonald
Position: Linebacker
Height, Weight: 6-1, 215
High School: Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Ole Miss, Kansas State, Purdue, Rutgers and others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Iowa jumped in with a scholarship offer during late December and then put on the full-court press for the former Rutgers verbal. McDonald enjoyed an outstanding senior season in helping his team win a state championship. He racked up 93 tackles (12 for loss), 12.5 sacks and four interception. McDonald runs very well and plays linebacker like a safety. He covers well and hits.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Let’s say Anthony Hitchens.

Kaevon Merriweather
Position: Safety
Height, Weight: 6-2, 195
High School: Belleville (MI)
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: None for football. Ferris State and Western Michigan for basketball.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Merriweather came from off the radar to receive an offer and commit during a Friday campus visit. A tremendous athlete as evidenced by his basketball offers, Merriweather was overshadowed on a very strong Belleville roster. Iowa spends a lot of time recruiting the school and likes what they saw in Merriweather, a newcomer to the gridiron. He’s fast sideline to sideline, flows well to the ball and hits hard when he arrives. He could be real good on special teams.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I’ll go with Miguel Merrick.

Daviyon Nixon
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height, Weight: 6-4, 305
High School: Kenosha (WI) Indian Trail/Iowa Western Community College
JUCO Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Alabama, Northern Illinois.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Nixon signed with Iowa in February before detouring to Iowa Western. He raised his stock in the fall and looks like he’ll help the Hawkeyes in his first season on campus. Nixon is athletic enough to play on the outside, which he did at Western at times. That athleticism transfers very well inside and will make him a handful for opposing O-Linemen. Nixon still needs to hone his technique and sharpen fundamentals. When he does, he could be a terror in the middle.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: He reminds some of Christian Ballard and also Jaleel Johnson. Let’s go with a mix of those dudes.

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Spencer Petras
Position: Quarterback
Height, Weight: 6-5, 225
High School: Greenbrae (CA) Marin Catholic
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Cal, Louisville, Oregon State, Syracuse, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: A late edition to the class, Petras switched to the Hawkeyes from Oregon State. He broke most of the passing records at his school of former Cal Bear and current Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Petras shows a nice touch along with a big arm with accuracy. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns with just two interceptions as a senior. There will be an adjustment moving from a spread offense to operating from the shotgun in Iowa’s pro-style attack from under center.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I see the comparisons to Nate Stanley but not sure if there’s the same arm strength. I think Ricky Stanzi might be a better comp.

Jack Plumb
Position: Offensive Line
Height, Weight: 6-8, 240
High School: Green Bay Bay Port
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Arizona State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Plumb is a really good athlete for a person his size. He played tight end for Bay Port and also is an accomplished basketball player. That’s an intriguing package on which to dream but there’s development time ahead. The hope is that under the guidance of strength coach Chris Doyle and offensive line coach Tim Polasek, Plumb with become a agile, athletic offensive tackle at the next level.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Robert Gallery? Eric Steinbach? Ike Boettger? Plenty of options from which to choose in the tight end to O-Line transition at Iowa.

Nico Ragaini
Position: Receiver
Height, Weight: 6-0, 185
High School: Avon (CT) Old Farms
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Boston College, Army, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Ragaini caught Iowa’s eye during a post-graduate year at Old Farms. He also was receiving a lot of attention for Lacrosse. He picked up an Iowa offer in early January, committed and enrolled for the spring semester. Ragaini profiles as a slot receiver but he has good enough size and speed to work on the outside as well. He runs crisp routes and shows good hands. He makes people miss in traffic and also features a strong base that helps in breaking tackles.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Seeing some Kevonte Martin-Manley here.

Terry Roberts
Position: Cornerback
Height, Weight: 5-10, 170
High School: Erie (PA) Cathedral Prep
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Duquesne.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Roberts enjoyed an ultra productive year on both sides of the ball in a competitive league. He hails from the alma mater of two other Hawkeyes you may know – Bob Sanders and Ed Hinkel. I really like Roberts’ football speed. He looks faster than everyone else on the field. He’s intriguing as a receiver able to deliver plays in space but I also can see what the coaches like at cornerback. Roberts’ hips are loose and he closes really well on the ball. He has excellent hands.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: He reminds me of a little quicker Jovon Johnson, another Erie product who tutored Roberts.

Noah Shannon
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height, Weight: 6-2, 285
High School: Oswego (IL)
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Arkansas, Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Washington State, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Shannon reminds me a lot of Linderbaum. They share those traits Iowa covets. Shannon plays with good pad level and excellent leverage. I watched him at the Chicago Opening and he matched up well against some of the top O-Linemen in the region. Shannon plays with an edge and a non-stop motor. His strength and toughness wear down opponents.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I’ll go with Nate Bazata.

Tyrone Tracy Jr.
Position: Receiver
Height, Weight: 6-0, 185
High School: Indianapolis Decatur Central
Senior Highlights:
Other Reported Offers: Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Northwestern, others.
Howe’s Scouting Report: Another player I saw at the Chicago Opening regional, Tracy is a versatile athlete that does a lot well. He played running back in high school but he moved around a lot in formations. He caught the ball frequently and is comfortable running routes. There will be a learning curve at the next level but it shouldn’t be dramatic. Tracy is well put together physically, which also should translate well to the Big Ten.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: Dare I say, DJK?

John Waggoner
Position: Defensive End
Height, Weight: 6-5, 240
High School: West Des Moines (IA) Dowling Catholic
Senior Highlights: WATCH
Other Reported Offers: Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA.
Howe’s Scouting Report: I watched Waggoner in Chicago, have seen him live and also on film. The No. 1 player in the state for this cycle brings a lot to the table. He’s already a big-bodied guy with a frame that should take on weight without the loss of agility. Waggoner comes off the edge well already and that will only improve as he expands his package of moves and tightens technique.
Ferentz Era Hawkeye Comp: I would say Drew Ott from recent history and Aaron Kampman if you want to go back some.