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The Hawkeyes’ 2013 football recruiting class

[ 0 ] February 5, 2013 |

Here are the players expected to sign with the Iowa football team on Wednesday:

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Nathan Bazata, DT, 6-2, 275, Howells (Neb.) High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Bazata was ranked No. 74 at his position by Scout.com. Bazata gave a verbal commitment in April 2012. He’s benched a maximum of 375 pounds and squatted 480, according to Rivals.com. He was also offered by South Dakota State, according to both sites.

Jon Wisnieski is a tight end who played at West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School. (Register file photo)

Jon Wisnieski is a tight end who played at West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School. (Register file photo)

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Ike Boettger, TE, 6-5, 220, Cedar Falls High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Scout ranked Boettger No. 69 at his position nationally. The Cedar Falls prep was clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to Rivals. He gave a verbal commitment in June 2012.

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LeShun Daniels, RB, 5-11, 220, Harding High School, Warren, Ohio

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Daniels was ranked No. 89 at the running back position by Scout. He was timed at 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to Rivals, and also was offered by Akron, Boston College and Bowling Green according to both sites. He verbally committed in December 2012.

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Colin Goebel, OL, 6-4, 275, Naperville (Ill.) North High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Goebel was ranked the No. 26 offensive lineman in his class by Scout and No. 30 by Rivals. He committed in April of 2012 over offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Mississippi, Northern Illinois, Toledo and West Virginia according to both sites.

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Brant Gressel, DT, 6-2, 280, Centerville (Ohio) High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Gressel was ranked the No. 76 player in the 2013 class by Scout. He committed in April of 2012 over offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kent State, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, North Carolina State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Toledo, West Virginia and Western Kentucky according to both sites. Scout relayed some concerns about his size, but added his quickness getting off the line and shedding blockers with his hands are some of his strengths.

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Andre Harris, WR/ATH, 5-11, 157, Kirkwood (Mo.) High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: two stars

Harris was ranked the No. 238 wide receiver by Scout but it’s unknown what position he’ll line up at in Iowa City. He chose Iowa over Illinois in December according to Rivals and has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.44 seconds.

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Josey Jewell, LB, 6-2, 200, Decorah High School

Rivals: two stars; Scout: two stars

Jewell committed Feb. 4 over an offer from Northern Iowa. He’s been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.7 seconds according to Rivals. He wasn’t ranked by either website.

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Anjeus Jones, WR, 6-3, 190, Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff HS

Rivals: two stars; Scout: two stars

Jones committed Feb. 3 over offers from Colorado State, New Mexico State and Texas Tech. He originally committed to New Mexico State, then Colorado State before switching the the Hawkeyes. His 40-yard dash time is 4.49 seconds, according to Rivals. He wasn’t ranked by either site.

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John Kenny, LB, 6-2, 210, Carmel (Ind.) High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Kenny enrolled early at Iowa in January, according to Rivals, and he originally committed in April of 2012 over offers from Arizona, Boise State, Illinois, Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Purdue and Western Kentucky. He’s ranked the No. 34 linebacker by Rivals and No. 52 by Scout, which says he needs to add strength.

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Desmond King, DB, 5-11, 185, Crockett High School, Detroit, Mich.

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

King committed in January, switching his verbal commitment from Ball State. He also had offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Wisconsin. He’s ranked No. 60 nationally by Scout and No. 73 by Rivals. “It wasn’t what everyone was trying to tell me, just like cornfields and everything,” King told Rivals about Iowa City. “It’s a really nice city. Once I got there, it was really comfortable and it felt like home.”

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Derrick Mitchell, DB/WR, 6-1, 195, Vashon High School, St. Louis, Mo.

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Mitchell committed Jan. 25 over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Miami (Ohio) and Nebraska. Mitchell, who has clocked in at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash, could be a force on special teams early, but likely will take some time to develop as a receiver, according to Rivals.

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Jonathan Parker, RB, 5-10, 180, Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, Mo.

Rivals: two stars; Scout: two stars

Parker flipped from his commitment to Tulsa, giving the Hawkeyes a commitment on National Signing Day. He rushed for 1,094 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. According to Rivals, he runs 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

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 Damond Powell, WR, 5-11, 175, Snow College, Ephraim, Utah

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Powell, a junior college transfer, committed in December over an offer from Ohio. He was timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to Rivals. Powell is originally from Toledo, Ohio. He had 41 catches for 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Snow College in Utah.

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Malik Rucker, DB, 6-0, 175, Cooper High School, New Hope, Minn.

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Rucker received a No. 33 ranking from Rivals and No. 48 from Scout. According to Rivals, he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and picked the Hawkeyes in June of 2012 over a slew of other offers, including Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Washington State and Wyoming.

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Nic Shimonek, QB, 6-4, 205, Mildred High School, Corsicana, Texas

Shimonek was the No. 60 quarterback in the nation according to Scout, which praised his accuracy, field vision and touch but knocked his arm strength and lack of muscle. He committed in May of 2012 over an offer from Lamar and runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds, according to Rivals.

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Reggie Spearman, LB, 6-2, 219, Simeon High School, Chicago

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Spearman originally committed to Illinois in August. He also had scholarship offers from Syracuse, Minnesota and Indiana. Rivals ranks him the No. 31 outside linebacker in the 2013 senior class.

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Matthew VandeBerg, WR, 6-1, 170, Brandon Valley (S.D.) High School

He’ll sit out the season and join the Hawkeyes as a grayshirt in January 2014.

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Akrum Wadley, RB, 5-10, 180, Newark, (N.J.) Weequahic High School

Rivals: two stars; Scout: two stars

Wadley wasn’t ranked by either site. He committed Feb. 3 after originally picking Temple.

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Solomon Warfield, DB, 6-0, 170, St. Edward High School, Cleveland, Ohio

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Scout ranked Warfield the No. 39 defensive back in the nation, while Rivals had him 53rd. He committed to the Hawkeyes in June of 2012 over a number of offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He was clocked at 4.48 seconds in the 40, according to Rivals, and has a 31-inch vertical leap.

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Sean Welsh, OL, 6-3, 275, Springboro (Ohio) High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Welsh committed in June of 2012 over a number of offers, including Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Ohio and Toledo. According to Rivals, he has bench pressed a maximum of 315 pounds and has a 3.7 GPA. He’s ranked 32nd nationally at his position by Rivals and 40th by Scout.

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Derrick Willies, WR, 6-3, 190, Rock Island (Ill.) High School

According to Rivals, he clocks in at a blazing 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and can bench press 265 pounds. He committed to the Hawkeyes in April of 2012 over offers from Iowa State, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State and Northern Illinois. Scout had him ranked 92nd nationally among receivers.

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Jon Wisnieski, TE, 6-5, 215, Dowling Catholic High School

Rivals: three stars; Scout: three stars

Wisnieski, who comes from an Iowa State family, had offers from the Cyclones, Kansas State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Northern Illinois and Purdue, but decided to go with the Hawkeyes in December. Rivals has him as the No. 21 tight end in his class, while Scout has him 24th.

 

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