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Iowa knocked out the heavy lifting portion of its 2016 recruiting work during the summer when the Hawkeyes nailed down a throng of commitments and filled all but a couple spots in their scholarship pool.

The extra benefit to that was a head start for 2017.

Iowa locked up another top in-state junior Saturday when Solon’s Jacob Coons picked the Hawkeyes over a scholarship offer from Iowa State.

“They’re getting an athlete to start with,” Solon coach Kevin Miller said. “He’s a big-framed kid. He’s 6-foot-4, somewhere around 225 pounds. He’s very versatile. He can play a number of different positions. He played H-back, tight end, outside linebacker and defensive end for us, but I see him settling with his hand on the ground, probably at d-end or a tight-end/tackle type.

“But he can catch the football and he runs well. He’s a basketball player, so he’s got great hands and he moves well.”

Coons, ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star prospect, is the fourth player to commit to Iowa’s 2017 class. All four are Iowans.

Recruiting analysts have heaped praise on the talent and depth in Iowa high school football’s 2017 class. The Hawkeyes are hoarding the top prospects in the group. Iowa has secured commitments from North Fayette Valley defensive tackle Juan Harris, Mount Vernon offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs, Madrid defensive end Coy Kirkpatrick and Coons, ranked respectively by Rivals.com as the No. 1, 3, 4 and 5 juniors in the state.