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AMES, Ia. — This weekend's Cy-Hawk game will be packed with recruits.
In what has become the most highly anticipated Iowa vs. Iowa State football game in recent memory, the Cyclones coaching staff has invited just about every in-state recruit of note to Jack Trice Stadium.
Big 2021 names like four-star defensive end T.J. Bollers and three-star defensive end Jeff Bowie will be there. So, too, will three-star quarterback Marcus Morgan, three-star athlete Seth Malcom and several 2020 prospects, such as North Dakota running back recruit Creighton Mitchell, who holds a preferred walk-on offer from the Cyclones.
The is a unique opportunity for Iowa State to show off its culture and fan base. And, coaches hope, a win could help the Cyclones continue to raise its in-state profile — which is arguably in the best condition it's ever been.
Both Iowa and Iowa State landed four of the top-10 prospects in the Register's 2020 recruiting rankings. While the Hawkeyes got Nos. 2 and 3 in Josh Volk and Logan Jones, the Cyclones got the two fastest-rising prospects in No. 4 Hunter Dekkers and No. 6 Brady Petersen, who may be the stars of the class when we look in a few years.
But beyond gaining any recruiting advantage, the Cy-Hawk game also provides a great opportunity to see a whole lot of in-state products duke it out on the field.
Here's a breakdown of the in-state presence on Iowa and Iowa State's rosters.
The Hawkeyes have 46 Iowa natives on their roster.
Of those 46, 16 are listed on the Hawkeyes' Cy-Hawk depth chart ...
- Offensive line: Tristan Wirfs (Mount Vernon), Landan Paulsen (Moville), Tyler Linderbaum (Solon), Kyler Schott (Coggon), Levi Paulsen (Moville)
- Fullback: Brady Ross (Humboldt)
- Placekicker: Caleb Shudak (Council Bluffs)
- Free safety: Jack Koerner (Des Moines)
- Long snapper: Jackson Subbert (Williamsburg)
- Holder: Colten Rastetter (Guttenberg)
- Tight end: Shaun Beyer (Shellsburg)
- Offensive line: Mark Kallenberger (Bettendorf), Cole Banwart (Ottosen)
- Defensive line: John Waggoner (Des Moines), Austin Schulte (Pella)
- Linebackers: Dillon Doyle (Iowa City)
- Punter: Rastetter
This list doesn't include other rotational pieces such as wide receiver Oliver Martin (Coralville), tight end Drew Cook (Iowa City), linebacker/defensive end Joe Evans (Ames) and injured defensive back Riley Moss (Ankeny).
The Cyclones have 45 Iowa natives on their roster.
Of those 45, 13 are listed on the Cyclones' Cy-Hawk depth chart ...
- Offensive line: Julian Good-Jones (Cedar Rapids), Collin Olson (Ankeny), Colin Newell (Ames), Josh Knipfel (Hampton), Bryce Meeker (Cedar Rapids)
- Linebackers: O'Rien Vance (Cedar Rapids)
- Punter: Joe Rivera (Grinnell)
- Holder: Blake Clark (Des Moines)
- H-back: Ben Latusek (Dike)
- Wide receiver: Landen Akers (Cedar Rapids)
- Offensive line: Trevor Downing (Creston)
- Defensive line: Zach Petersen (Long Grove)
- Linebackers: Jake Hummel (Des Moines)
This list doesn't include other rotational pieces such as Monticello product Peyton Paddock, who has handled kickoff duties.
Which top-10 in-state prospects Iowa and Iowa State have gotten
2020 (using Register rankings)
No. 2 Josh Volk, OL, Cedar Rapids Xavier - Iowa
No. 3 Logan Jones, DL, Lewis Central - Iowa
No. 4 Hunter Dekkers, QB, West Sioux - Iowa State
No. 5 Gavin Williams, RB, Dowling Catholic - Iowa
No. 6 Brady Petersen, OL, Ankeny Centennial - Iowa State
No. 7 Tyler Miller, OL, Greene County - Iowa State
No. 8 Ethan Hurkett, LB, Cedar Rapids Xavier - Iowa
No. 10 Cole Pedersen, LB/ATH, Central Decatur - Iowa State
2019 (using Register rankings)
No. 2 Ezra Miller, OL, Ridge View - Iowa
No. 3 Tyler Endres, OL, Norwalk - Iowa
No. 4 Jack Campbell, LB, Cedar Falls - Iowa
No. 6 Darien Porter, WR, Bettendorf - Iowa State
No. 7 Jake Remsburg, OL, West Des Moines Valley - Iowa State
No. 8 Noah Fenske, OL, New Hampton - Iowa
No. 9 Chris Reames, DE, Van Meter - Iowa
2018 (using 247Sports rankings)
No. 1 John Waggoner, DE, Dowling Catholic - Iowa
No. 2 Tyler Linderbaum, OL/DL, Solon - Iowa
No. 3 Trevor Downing, OL, Creston - Iowa State
No. 4 Dillon Doyle, LB, Iowa City West - Iowa
No. 5 Zach Petersen, DE, North Scott - Iowa State
No. 6 Blair Brooks, WR, Marion - Iowa (now at Northern Iowa)
No. 9 Zach Ross, OL, Dowling Catholic - Iowa State
2017 (using 247Sports rankings)
No. 2 Mark Kallenberger, OL, Bettendorf - Iowa
No. 3 Tristan Wirfs, OL, Mount Vernon - Iowa
No. 4 O'Rien Vance, LB, Cedar Rapids Washington - Iowa State
No. 7 Levi Duwa, OL/DL, Mid-Prairie - Iowa (no longer with the team)
No. 8 Devon Moore, QB, Waterloo West - Iowa State (no longer with the team)
No. 9 Jacob Coons, TE, Solon - Iowa (no longer with the team)
No. 10 Colin Newell, OL, Ames - Iowa State
*Oliver Martin was No. 1 this year. He committed to Michigan before eventually transferring to Iowa this season.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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