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How will the Ohio State victory impact recruiting?
This question is popping up in a bunch of locations. A win over the Buckeyes is never the biggest reason a player picks a schools. But a big win — and the blowout of Ohio State certainly qualifies — sticks with recruits.
Eight members of Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class were on hand for the win over No. 3 Michigan last season. I spoke with six of them leading up to signing day or after they signed and each mentioned the impact the environment, victory and rushing the field had on them.
Now, Henry Marchese was the only member of the class to commit after the Michigan game. But that doesn’t diminish the recruiting impact. It highlights an often-overlooked part of a major win: The recruiting bump may not come until the next season.
I covered Iowa State when the Cyclones upset No. 2 Oklahoma State in 2011. Players in three signing classes referenced the Oklahoma State victory when discussing their commitments, and it came more up more with 2013 and 2014 commits than 2012 commits.
Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com put together a recruiting list for the Michigan game last fall. You know what’s interesting? Noah Shannon, Julius Brent, Dillon Doyle and Tyrone Tracy each attended that game. They all became members of Iowa’s Class of 2018.
So don’t be surprised if the Ohio State game sticks with some of the 2019 and 2020 prospects in Kinnick Stadium last Saturday. Here is the recruit list Howe put together for the Ohio State game.
That doesn’t mean last Saturday won’t impact the Class of 2018. Iowa’s top recruiting priority, defensive end John Waggoner, was in attendance. He also took in the Michigan victory in 2016.
Experiencing multiple Kinnick Stadium field stormings isn’t a bad thing. Just ask Marchese. It’s central to why he wanted to play for Iowa in the first place.
What needs do we have for O-line in the next two seasons?
— Eugene Pinney
The next two classes are very big for Iowa on the offensive line. Yes, Iowa is secure at tackle, with starters Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs holding three more years of eligibility, but nine offensive linemen come off scholarship in 2017 and 2018.
That is a very big number — more than half the offensive linemen on scholarship. Only two, tackles Ike Boettger and Boone Myers, are seniors this season. To balance out the numbers between the next two classes, Iowa will sign more than two linemen in 2018. Three are already committed and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a fourth added to the class. Carlos Vettorello and Alex Howie are names to watch.
Offensive line will be a priority in 2019, when Iowa could sign five linemen. The Hawkeyes already hold two commits in 4-star offensive tackles Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres. The focus on the rest of that class will include interior blockers, such as offensive guard Justin Britt.
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