IOWA CITY, Iowa – Readers seemed to enjoy the idea of the Stock Report after our first installment, so I figured I’d keep it going. June has been a busy month with new scholarships being handed out and prospects visiting campus.
I set the ground rules for the Stock Report in the previous entry, which you can read here.
In short, the rundown is based on how I’m feeling about Iowa’s chances with this group of recruits at the time of publishing. The outlook falls into three categories:
Rising: Chance of landing prospect increasing.
Holding: Chance of landing prospect is steady.
Dropping: Chance of landing prospect declining.
Noah Shannon, DT, Oswego (IL) High – Shannon committed to Minnesota last month only two de-commit a few weeks later. High pressure sales have been hit or miss for P.J. Fleck.
Shannon visited Iowa, one of his favorites schools throughout the process, last week. He talked with us about the Hawkeyes before the stop.
Earlier this week, Shannon Tweeted that a decision was coming soon. I presumed it was about his college pledge but it could have been about what socks he was going to wear.
If it was about another commitment, I really like Iowa’s chances. He talks glowingly about the Hawkeyes and he fits well into the culture and system as a low-key kid who plays with excellent leverage.
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Jack Plumb, OL, Green Bay (WI) Bay Port High – Iowa’s early May offer to Plumb represented just his second from a FBS school. Northern Illinois extended an opportunity about a week earlier.
As often happens with the Hawkeyes, their move prompted action from others. Wyoming, Minnesota, Arizona State, Wisconsin and Michigan State offered after them in May.
Plumb, the grandson of longtime NFL coach Fritz Shurmur, told us Iowa was high on his list after the offer. He’s scheduled a return trip for June 23 after he sees Wisconsin and Michigan State. He expected to make a decision soon after that.
It’s nice that the Hawkeyes are expected to get the last visit before his commitment. They’ll likely have to overcome the home-state allure of the Badgers.
Davion Williams, CB, Belleville (MI) High – Iowa joined Iowa State as the first Power 5 schools to offer Williams on April 3 after he visited the schools. He told HN that the Hawkeyes made a strong impression on him.
Since then, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Syracuse, Temple, Michigan State, UCLA and Wisconsin have offered Williams. The Spartan opportunity seemed to change the game for the talented cornerback, who grew up rooting for the Green and White.
Williams will be attending the MSU Elite Camp this weekend. A decision could come soon.
Taj Mustapha, WR, West Bloomfield (MI) High – Mustapha visited Iowa for its spring game in April and left town with a scholarship offer, his second from a Big Ten school (Purdue). Michigan State, Maryland and Wisconsin were among a group of schools that followed.
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Mustapha announced his list of his Top 5 schools on Wednesday. It included Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Kentucky. He has not announced a commitment date.
Like Williams, the Michigan State offer impacted Mustapha. West Bloomfield is an hour from East Lansing.
Minnesota offered Ince a few days after the Hawkeyes. He told us Monday that he’s nearing a decision, and it’s down to Iowa, the Gophers and North Dakota State.
The Hawkeyes are well positioned here thanks to offensive line coach Tim Polasek, who began recruiting Ince while he was the offensive coordinator at NDSU. They’ve built a strong relationship. Wisconsin has not offered.
I wouldn’t count out the aggressive Fleck, but Ince seems like a solid fit on and off the field at Iowa.