With the competition quickly becoming stronger around the Big Ten West Division and the usual heavyweights still doing their thing in the East, Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes tend to fly under the radar on the recruiting trail. With a class of 22 commitments in the most recent class, Iowa ranked ninth in the Big Ten according to the 247Sports Composite ranking.
Don’t be fooled by the rankings though, because Iowa still signed a top-40 recruiting class and has good reason to believe this class will contribute to the success of the Hawkeyes moving forward.
Ezra Miller, OT
Iowa always seems to have some solid offensive linemen among the ranks, and Miller seems more than capable of keeping that legacy going in the next few years. The four-star, in-state recruit brings good size (6-6, 305) to the offensive line and will get a head start as an early enrollee. Being able to get to work right away this spring should help to begin to mold him into the type of lineman Iowa wants him to be.
Tyler Endres, OT
Keeping in line with that focus on offensive line production, Endres is another four-star lineman to keep an eye on in Iowa City. Another top in-state recruit for the Hawkeyes, Endres likely won’t have to wait too long to get in the trenches even though he will not arrive until after the spring. With Endres and Miler, the future of the Iowa offensive line will be in terrific shape.
Logan Lee, TE
The Hawkeyes are losing two star tight ends to the NFL draft, so there is plenty of opportunity for someone new to come in and leave his mark. Among those coming into the program this season is Lee. One of three tight ends joining the program in the 2019 class, Lee looks to have the highest upside potential at the position and could jump right into a key role this fall with a lack of experience at the position after losing Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson.
Dane Belton, S
Iowa isn’t in too bad a shape in the secondary this fall, butBelton may be a player to watch right away due to his ability to track down receivers and make big plays. The Tampa, Florida, native had 12 interceptions in his high school career and could eventually be a threat to make a big play when he gets his chance to find a significant role in the secondary. He could also be considered for a move to defensive back to pad the depth across the defensive backs.
Tyler Goodson, RB
Iowa’s running game likely will be in good shape this upcoming season, but Goodson may be ready to show what he can do fairly early on. With the ability to catch the football and pick up some good speed once he gets going, Goodson could provide some versatility to the Iowa offense. Goodson may have some early competition in his own recruiting class, however, as Alabama native Shadrick Byrd enrolled early and looks to get some work in this spring.
— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback s well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.