Other than a few late additions, the Iowa football team’s 2014 recruiting class is nearly a wrap.
Junior college punter Dillon Kidd was the most recent addition to the class as he made a verbal commitment to Iowa last week.
Assuming Connor Kornbrath returns for his junior season, Iowa will have two punters on scholarship next season, which is rare.
The attention now shifts to the 2015 recruiting class. Iowa will host a junior day event Saturday on campus.
Two of the state’s top junior quarterbacks — Regina’s Drew Cook and West Des Moines Dowling‘s Ryan Boyle — will be among approximately 30 juniors from Iowa and from several Midwestern states in attendance. Cook and Boyle both led their teams to state titles this past season and to 14-0 records.
“I told him just have fun, enjoy it,” Regina coach Marv Cook said of the advice he gave his son.
Drew Cook also will attend a junior day event at Indiana University the following weekend. He was invited to a junior day at Illinois, but it’s scheduled for the same time as Iowa’s event on Saturday.
Marv Cook, who played tight end at Iowa and in the NFL, recently sent out a highlight tape of Drew’s junior season to several Big Ten schools.
“I love Big Ten football,” Marv Cook said. “I’m a Big Ten football fan. I love all those schools.”
Iowa already has received a verbal commitment from high school junior quarterback Jack Beneventi, who attends Benet Academy in suburban Chicago.
COMING AND GOING: Jeremy Hill’s star performance against Iowa in the Outback Bowl was his last at the collegiate level. Hill announced last week that he will enter the 2014 NFL draft instead of returning for his junior season at Louisiana State.
Hill rushed for 216 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead LSU to a 21-14 victory over Iowa on New Year’s Day in Tampa, Fla. He finished the 2013 season with 1,401 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
LSU coach Les Miles has prepared for Hill’s departure by landing who many believe is the top running back in the 2014 senior class. New Orleans native Leonard Fournette recently picked LSU over Alabama and Texas.
THREE WEEKS AND COUNTING: Verbal commitments will become official in three weeks with the national signing period starting on Feb. 5. A verbal commitment isn’t official until a recruit signs a national letter of intent.
The Iowa coaches are still recruiting Southfield, Mich., offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor even though he is committed to Western Michigan. Okorafor told HawkeyeInsider.com that the Iowa coaches were working diligently to land his commitment.
Since committing to Western Michigan, Okorafor has received scholarship offers from Iowa, Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Virginia and most recently Oklahoma.
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