Nate Grimes now off the Iowa hoops recruiting radar
Scratch another one off the list of potential recruits for the Iowa men's basketball program.
Nate Grimes, a 6-foot-8 high school senior forward from Las Vegas, announced on Twitter on Sunday that he had committed to Fresno State. Grimes, who now attends a public charter school in North Carolina, recently had trimmed his list to seven schools, which included Iowa. Most of the speculation said Grimes would wait until the spring to make a decision.
Grimes' decision came less than a week after 6-7 forward Ed Morrow committed to Nebraska over Iowa. The Cornhuskers were considered the favorite for Morrow, partly because both of his parents attended the school.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is trying to add the final two pieces to his 2015 recruiting class. The class currently has three players committed, and there are five scholarships available for the class.
Iowa's 2015 commitments are 6-5 small forward Brandon Hutton from Chicago, 6-4 shooting guard Andrew Fleming from Nashville, Tenn., and 6-6 forward Ahmad Wagner from Huber Heights, Ohio. All three are expected to sign national letters of intent during the early signing period in November. Wagner's situation is uncertain, however, because of his sudden emergence as a major college football recruit this season.
Wagner plays wide receiver and already has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky despite this being his first season playing varsity football. Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan also have expressed interest in Wagner, who has 19 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns in five games this season.
Wagner told Scout.com on Friday that his success in football hasn't changed his plans for college.
"Right now, I'm fully committed to play basketball at Iowa," Wagner said. "I'm just focused on helping my high school team and doing the best I can out here.
"I did get offered by Kentucky and they said they would let me also play basketball. They've talked with my coaches a little bit and we've had a few brief conversations about it. So I'm interested in seeing what happens in the future, but I'm still committed to Iowa and basketball."
McCaffery's top remaining targets appear to be 6-7 forward O.G. Anunoby from Jefferson City, Mo., and 6-6 forward Evan Boudreaux from Lake Forest, Ill. Anunoby is also considering Georgia, where he visited this weekend, and Indiana, where he is scheduled to visit next weekend. Boudreaux is scheduled to visit Iowa next month. He also has Dartmouth and Yale among his top schools.
A report surfaced last week that Iowa was showing interest in center Rozelle Nix, who attends Pensacola Junior College in Florida. However, Nix, who is listed at 6-11, 345 pounds, apparently will wait until the spring to make a decision, according to Brad Winton, who runs JucoRecruiting.com. Nix visited South Carolina this past weekend and will take his first visit in the spring to Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, in football recruiting, West Des Moines Valley junior offensive lineman John Raridon announced on Twitter late Saturday night that he had committed to Nebraska. His father, Mason City native Scott Raridon, was an offensive lineman at Nebraska in the early 1980s.
John Raridon is currently ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the third best offensive guard in the nation. Scout.com has Raridon as the No. 18 overall prospect and the No. 2 guard. He committed to Nebraska over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.