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2017 Iowa Hawkeyes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Iowa Hawkeyes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown


The 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Iowa Hawkeyes Recruiting Class Overview

Iowa almost never gets the top-shelf prospects, and it doesn’t need them considering all the success under Kirk Ferentz. It would be nice to get a few more here and there, but this class fits what the program wants to do. There isn’t much for the offensive backfield, and the receivers aren’t that amazing, but the defensive side is terrific with several defensive backs coming in to join a loaded group of ends. Tristan Wirfs will fit the job at one offensive tackle gig when he adds a few more pounds, and Ivory Kelly-Martin is a quick back to be used in a variety of ways in the offense, but …

The Iowa Hawkeyes Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive backs. There might not be the top-shelf prospects here like there are at defensive end and offensive tackle, but it’s the deepest group of talent. CB Camron Harrell could move to safety if absolutely needed, while Florida native Joshua Turner is a good-sized corner who can get physical. Matt Hankins is the best prospect on the lot, but he needs to get stronger and bigger to go along with his tremendous speed. As good as the corners are, Djimon Colbert – a 6-1, 180-pound safety with great range – is the most talented option.

The Star of the Iowa Hawkeyes Class Is …

DE A.J. Epenesa, 6-5, 260, Edwardsville, IN – Is he the pass rusher Iowa will work around in a few years? It’s all there to be special, with a great frame that could handle a little more weight, and the speed and quickness to fly into the backfield on a regular basis. It’s going to take a little while to mature and get Big Ten strong, but when it all happens, look out. Ohio State, USC, Michigan and Florida State all made a pitch, but Iowa got its guy.

The Iowa Hawkeyes Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Defensive tackle. If the offense can fill in the quarterback hole left by the loss of C.J. Beathard, the biggest concern should be at defensive tackle after losing do-it-all dominant force Jaleel Johnson at one tackle spot, and Faith Ekakitie at the other. These two were the start of a great run defense, and while the overall production should be fine this year, properly replacing those two inside will take a while.