Iowa Football isn’t known for picking up big name recruits, and when they do, those recruits typically leave the program in some way, shape, or form. The Hawkeyes started off recruiting well for the class of 2013, then touted players such as four star recruits David Kenney III and Delano Hill left for greener pastures, dropping the 2013 class ranking to 52nd in the nation. Iowa will never be able to recruit like Michigan and Ohio State, so it’s critical that they hold onto quality recruits when they receive commitments.
With that being said, Iowa football’s recruiting has made progress with the class of 2014. Iowa’s biggest recruit thus far — both literally and figuratively — is offensive guard Ross Pierschbacher. Pierschbacher is an in-state recruit from Cedar Falls, Iowa. ESPN currently has him listed as the top ranked guard in the class of 2014. Kirk Ferentz is known for developing talented linemen for the next level. The Iowa program has always prided themselves on strong offensive line play, allowing Ferentz and his staff to land some highly ranked offensive linemen coming out of high school. Pierschbacher could have an impact similar to redshirt sophomore Austin Blythe, if he remains committed to the Hawkeyes. This is a good pick up for the Hawkeye program.
Iowa football’s recruiting efforts managed to land another well-known prospect from Iowa in Jay Scheel. The La Porte City, Iowa native is an explosive athlete. Scheel runs a 4.47 40 yard dash and he has the ability to play multiple positions. He primarily plays quarterback at the high school level and it will be interesting to see if he remains at that position in college. Scheel needs to work on his throwing mechanics to become a legitimate college quarterback, but if he does so, he’ll provide the Hawkeye offense with new life. Iowa hasn’t had an athletic mobile quarterback since Brad Banks was on campus more than ten years ago.
The Hawkeyes have six verbal commitments in total. Running back C.J. Hililard, offensive lineman Lucas LeGrand, safety Jyas Jones, and cornerback Omar Truit round out the rest of Iowa’s 2014 class. The Black and Gold’s 2014 recruiting class is off to a strong start. Although, Hawkeye fans should have guarded optimism about the class of 2014. Nothing is official until a players signs his national letter of intent. Even then, Iowa has had trouble keeping highly touted recruits on campus.