Iowa recruiting mailbag: How do the Hawkeyes fill out the 2018 class?

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 recruiting needs and how the early December signing period may look.

What are recruiting remaining needs for Iowa?

— Mark Chardoulias

The majority of the Class of 2018 is in place. Iowa holds thirteen commitments.

Position Number of commits
OL 3
DB 3
WR 2
DL 2
LB 1
TE 1
RB 1

The need is at quarterback, but there isn’t an obvious option out there. The Hawkeyes missed out on signal callers they targeted over the last year. Don’t be surprised if the quarterback in this class is someone coming off a breakout season, either a player flying under the recruiting radar or someone currently holding MAC-level offers.

Linebacker is the other big opening left in the class. Dillon Doyle is committed, but Iowa may add two more linebackers.The Hawkeyes brought in Nate Wieland in the Class of 2017, but need more linebackers for depth purposes. They lose four senior linebackers after the season.

Who are options at linebacker? Paul Moala holds an offer and in-state linebacker Logan Klemp is worth keeping tabs.

The Hawkeyes would like to add another wide receiver to go with Tyrone Tracy Jr. and Samson Evans. Defensive line is another priority area for Iowa in the class. The Hawkeyes would love for defensive end John Waggoner to fill the opening up front. More on him in a bit.

Do you think the big schools will now try to steal last minute recruits at the early signing period?

— Jeff Schulz

Yes, yes they will. Power 5 conference programs try to lure away committed players from Group of 5 programs every January. Expect this college football tradition to move into November and December with an early signing period.

There is a hierarchy to recruiting. Bigger teams pick off the recruits of smaller teams. Alabama takes whoever it wants. An Iowa may pluck a commit from Bowling Green. It’s the way things work.
The interesting thing will be to see how players respond. Most teams will be asking committed players to sign in December.

What does a recruit do if a higher profile school comes calling at the last minute. Will they stick with their commitment and sign? Will they sign with the new program? Will they not sign with anyone?

Don’t be surprised if a few recruits choose that third option. We are in a different world for recruiting this year. Things will change going forward, but one thing will remain the same. The days before either the December or February signing date will be hectic for a lot of prospects.

Is Iowa going to get Waggoner out of Dowling?

— Joe Brekunitch

This is the million dollar question with Iowa recruiting, at least for the Class of 2018 Waggoner, a 4-star in-state defensive end, is the highest rated prospect on Iowa’s board. He looks like a potential difference maker on the defensive line.
It’s hard to gauge his recruitment because he has been so quiet. His initial plan was to commit before his senior football season started. He pushed his decision back because he wasn’t ready to make a choice.

If you are into reading tea leaves, that’s not necessarily a bad sign for the Hawkeyes. They should like their chances here. It’s no guarantee he ends up in Iowa City, but 247Sports thinks it’s likely.

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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