The members of the 2014 Iowa football recruiting class are outlined below. Information was provided by the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Players will have four years of eligibility unless noted (*—two years of eligibility remaining).
Mick Ellis, PK, 5-10, 180
Allen, Texas (Lovejoy H.S.)
Will be the fourth kicker to start his career on scholarship under Kirk Ferentz, joining Nate Kaeding, Kyle Schlicher and Trent Mossbrucker. Was also offered a scholarship by Yale.
Jalen Embry, DB, 6-0, 184
Detroit, Mich. (King H.S.)
The three-star player by Rivals.com and Scout.com chose Iowa over Illinois and Wisconsin. Ranked 17th on the Detroit News list of the top 60 high school seniors in Michigan. Recorded 1,026 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
Terrence Harris, DE, 6-3, 250
(Paramus Catholic H.S.)
Chose Iowa over Western Michigan. First-team all-stater helped Paramus Catholic to the Non-Public Group 4 title.
Torey Hendrick, DE, 6-4, 225*
Brooklyn, N.Y. (ASA College)
A four-star recruit by Scout.com, Harris was not included on Iowa’s official list of recruits. He still has to graduate from junior college in order to be eligible at Iowa. Fits the mold of the pass-rushing defensive end that’s been missing from the Iowa defense since the days of Adrian Clayborn.
Parker Hesse, LB, 6-3, 215
Waukon, Ia. (Waukon H.S.)
Led Waukon to the Class 2-A title game while starting at linebacker and quarterback. Expected to play outside linebacker for Iowa. No other FBS offers listed.
<EL,1>C.J. Hilliard, RB, 5-10, 185
Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier H.S.)
The three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com chose Iowa over Boston College, Indiana and others. His younger brother, Justin Hilliard, is considered one of the top linebackers in the 2015 class and already has an Iowa offer.
<EL,1>Joshua Jackson, DB, 6-1, 175
Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas H.S.)
He was also offered by Colorado State. Still to be determined whether he will play defensive back or wide receiver at Iowa. Had 485 receiving yards and nine touchdowns through five games before being sidelined by a foot injury.
Marcel Joly, DB, 5-11, 180
(Forestville Military Academy)
The three-star Rivals.com player picked Iowa over Maryland and Vanderbilt. Born in Haiti, he grew up playing soccer and didn’t discover football until he moved to the United States at age 10.
<EL,1>Dillon Kidd, P, 6-2, 230*
Deerfield Beach, Fla.
(El Camino C.C.)
The son of former NFL punter John Kidd averaged 40 yards per punt this past season. Also offered by Florida International.
<EL,1>Lucas LeGrand, OL, 6-5, 260
Dubuque, Ia. (Senior H.S.)
The three-star recruit also is a two-year starter at forward for the Class 4-A top-ranked basketball team. Was named the football team’s most valuable player as a senior.
Aaron Mends, LB, 6-0, 200
Kan. City, Mo. (Winnetonka H.S.)
A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, he chose Iowa over Iowa State and North Dakota State. His career totals include 210 tackles, 1,790 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns.
Matt Nelson, DE, 6-8, 255
Cedar Rapids, Ia. (Xavier H.S.)
The state’s No. 4 overall prospect also had offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin. His first Division I scholarship offer came from Rice for basketball.
Ben Niemann, LB, 6-3, 205
Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore H.S.)
Was committed to Northern Illinois, where his father is the defensive coordinator, before switching to Iowa in July. Was named his conference’s MVP as a senior.
Jameer Outsey, LB, 6-3, 220
Somerset, N.J. (Franklin H.S.)
Outside linebacker was also offered a scholarship by Michigan State and Pittsburgh. He recorded 51 tackles as a senior, with 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception-return touchdown.
Keegan Render, OL, 6-4, 315
Indianola, Ia. (Indianola H.S.)
Offered by Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois State and Northern Illinois. Was an elite all-stater and team captain as a senior.
Ross Reynolds, OL, 6-3, 290
Waukee, Ia. (Waukee H.S.)
The first-team elite all-state player was not included on Iowa’s official list of recruits. He is deemed a “gray shirt” recruit and is expected to be put on scholarship after his first semester at Iowa.
Jay Scheel, WR, 6-1, 180
Mount Auburn, Ia. (Union H.S.)
The dual-threat quarterback in high school will play receiver as a Hawkeye. Was also offered by Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Markel Smith, RB, 5-10, 210
St. Louis (St. John Vianney H.S.)
Was not included on Iowa’s official signings list, but is expected to sign today. Also was offered by Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri. Finished his career as the second all-time leading rusher in the St. Louis area with more than 7,000 yards.
Miles Taylor, DB, 6-0, 185
Silver Spring, Md.
(Gonzaga College H.S.)
The three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com was previously committed to Georgia Tech before flipping to Iowa on Jan. 26 during a recruiting visit to Iowa City. Had 86 tackles and three interceptions as a senior.
<EL,1>Omar Truitt, DB, 5-11, 180
Fort Washington, Md.
(St. Johns College H.S.)
Also offered by Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State, Tennessee and others. He is the son of former NFL receiver Olanda Truitt and is ranked No. 51 nationally at cornerback by Scout.com.
Tyler Wiegers, QB, 6-4, 215
Lake Orion, Mich.
(Detroit Country Day)
The former Rutgers commit led his team to the state title game as a junior. Ranked a four-star player by Rivals.com. Completed 122 of 192 passes for 2,093 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.
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