The 2018 Iowa Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Iowa Recruiting Class Overview
It’s not a massive class, but it’s a strong one with Iowa – as always – recruiting to the type of player that fits what it does.
Here’s the problem – there can’t be any misfires, especially on offense.
Spencer Petras is a 6-5 bomber from California who fits the Hawkeye style of offense – he’ll push the ball down the field – Henry Geil is a big running back out of Green Bay, and 6-2 Calvin Lockett out of Florida and Tyrone Tracy from Indianapolis are the skill guys. That’s about it.
The defensive tackles are solid – Noah Shannon and Daviyon Nixon are eventually going to become fantastic in the interior – but 6-5, 245-pound DE John Waggoner is the star for the line.
The Iowa Class Is Heavy On …
Not only are the Hawkeyes loaded up with prospects for the secondary, but there are others who fit the nebulous Athlete category who could work at receiver or on the defensive side.
After churning out NFL talents in Desmond King and Josh Jackson, there’s a nice reputation being developed for the program. Julius Brents and D.J. Johnson out of Indianapolis are talents who’ll be a part of the fun in the near future, and future starting safety Dallas Craddieth might be the best player in the class.
The Star of the Iowa Class Is …
DE Josh Waggoner, 6-5, 245
And here’s your pass rusher.
He was wanted by Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan and Florida, but the Des Moines native was going to Iowa.
With the right frame and a great first step, he’s about a year in the weight room away from being ready to roll. A great athlete, he’s always working and he’s always attacking – he’s going to be a fan favorite.
The Iowa Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Running back is a big concern after losing Akrum Wadley and James Butler, but losing the top three tacklers – all from the linebacking corps – including heart-and-soul Josey Jewell is the big issue.
And there’s not any instant help coming from this class.
Dillon Doyle will eventually be a nice outside linebacker prospect, but that’s about it without others coming in. The Hawkeyes will have to build the unit from the base of current players.