Iowa recruiting mailbag: 5 Class of 2018 targets to keep an eye on

Have Iowa football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Iowa recruiting mailbag to discuss Hawkeyes recruiting. This week, we’ll discuss key targets in the 2018 and 2019 classes.

Who are the remaining top targets for the Class of 2018?

— Joe Williams

With the regular season over, this is the perfect time to take stock of the 2018 prospects. Iowa holds 14 commits. Here are five recruiting targets to watch leading up to the December signing period.

1. 4-star DE John Waggoner

The Dowling Catholic High School defensive lineman is the top in-state player and No. 1 prospect on Iowa’s recruiting board. He would immediately become the top player in the class. His offer list is impressive, but Iowa State may be Iowa’s main competition.

2. 3-star QB Matthew Baldwin

Quarterback is the biggest hole in the Class of 2018 and Iowa offered this Lake Travis (Texas) High School star during a visit on Monday.

Baldwin is a Colorado State commit, but the main competition here is likely Ohio State. The Buckeyes offered Baldwin in November.

Also, keep an eye on 3-star quarterback Trey Lance from Marshall, Minn. Iowa quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe watched Lance, a North Dakota State commit, in person.

3. 3-star LB Will Honas

The Hawkeyes want to add one more linebacker for 2018 and they’re setting their sights on Honas, who attends Butler Community College. Honas told Tyler Devine of AllHawkeyes.com that he will take an official visit to Iowa on Dec. 8 and also plans to take official visits to Kansas State and Arkansas. Honas plans to sign in December.

4. 3-star WR Calvin Lockett

Iowa wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland visited the Largo (Fla.) High School product on Tuesday. Lockett told Blair Sanderson of Rivals that Iowa is in his top three along with South Florida and Purdue.

The Hawkeyes are likely to add another wide receiver for 2018 and Lockett is a priority.

5. DB Dallas Craddieth

Iowa doesn’t need another defensive back, but it isn’t going to turn down a commitment from the Hazelwood (Mo.) Central High School product. Craddieth will take his official visit on Dec. 8 and his recruitment is essentially down to Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Indiana. Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com caught up with Craddieth after he attended the Iowa-Ohio State game last month.

Have any schools backed off Max Duggan because of his injury?

— Jeff Schulz

The short answer is no. The only proof needed came on Tuesday. Penn State coach James Franklin visited Duggan at Lewis Central (Iowa) High School.

Duggan threw for 748 yards, rushed for 551 yards and accounted for 17 touchdowns this season. A fractured thumb cost him three games early in the season and he was helped off the field during a playoff game.

Franklin’s in-school visit is a sign that schools are still charging hard after Duggan. Franklin’s presence is also a sign that Duggan is a priority Class of 2019 recruit for the Nittany Lions. The recruiting sweepstakes for Duggan won’t just be a regional event with Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska taking part.

Have a question about Iowa recruiting? Tweet us @Landof10Iowa and we’ll try to answer it in a future mailbag. Check to see if your issue already was addressed by reading previous Iowa recruiting mailbags here.

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