Iowa recruiting mailbag: Will somebody commit at this weekend's Hawkeye Tailgater?

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

LAS VEGAS — Just landed in Sin City. I'll be here until Saturday, covering top prospects for the Register, Indianapolis Star and Detroit Free Press (so don't freak out when I'm tweeting stories about Indiana or Michigan State targets).

Southeast Polk running back Gavin Williams scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Marshalltown Bobcats at Rams Stadium in Pleasant Hill.

Feel free to pepper me with questions all week.

Onto the mailbag. Quick one this week.

Who do you think Iowa's next football commit will be? — @CamFox24

I'd actually look toward the 2020 class if we're talking about the next commit. Iowa is hosting the Hawkeye Tailgater event this weekend, and a handful of 2020 guys are expected to attend. Visits always provide a great opportunity to commit on the spot — especially for a kid who wants to commit early.

Some potential 2020 commitment candidates ... 

Logan Wilson, DE, unrated, Kimberly (Wisconsin): There's a whole bunch of mutual interest here. Iowa offered Wilson in April and is his only offer. He visited Iowa City in May and again for a camp in June.

Isaiah Bruce, DE, three stars, Lena-Winslow (Illinois): Bruce's older brother, Tevin Sellers, attended Iowa as a student. The Hawkeyes gave Bruce his first and only offer so far on June 26. Bruce plays at a small Class 1A school that doesn't get much recruiting attention. We'll see if Iowa stays alone here for long.

Blaise Gunnerson, DE, three stars, Kuemper Catholic: Gunnerson has enjoyed a big summer, picking up offers from South Dakota State, Iowa State and Iowa during camps at Iowa State and Iowa in June. 

Aaron Witt, DE, three stars, Winona (Minnesota): Witt picked up offers from Iowa and Iowa State in June — he landed both offer while camping at each school. 

Michael Lois, DE, three stars, Elkhorn Area (Wisconsin): Iowa and Northern Illinois are Lois' only offers right now, but he's also receiving interest from Wisconsin. He's visited Iowa City a couple times, most recently for camp in June.

Ben Barten, OT, three stars, Stratford (Wisconsin): Iowa offered Barten during an unofficial visit in May. He's rated pretty well — 247Sports ranks him No. 307 in the class. The Hawkeyes always do well on the offensive line.

Josh Volk, OG, three stars, Cedar Rapids Xavier: I'm including Volk because he's an in-state kid, so there's always a chance. But, based on what I'm hearing from people in his camp, this recruitment probably won't end early. He's just at the beginning of his growth, and he's already 247Sports' No. 356 player in 2020. Iowa and Iowa State have offered, but he's also fielding interest from Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota and Vanderbilt.

Gavin Williams, RB, four stars, Southeast Polk: I'm also putting Williams on here because he's an in-state kid. But I would bet he extends his recruitment into his junior season. Iowa, Iowa State and Michigan have all offered.

Tyler Elsbury, OT, three stars, Byron (Illinois): Elsbury plays at the alma mater of former Hawkeye and Super Bowl champ Sean Consedine. He's fielding plenty of interest in the Midwest. But Iowa's reputation among offensive linemen is big on the recruiting trail.

Thomas Jefferson (of Council Bluffs) junior running back Cameron Baker (25) tries to elude Ankeny High sophomore defensive back Nick Scherle (3) as the Yellowjackets of Thomas Jefferson (Council Bluffs) challenge the Ankeny Hawks in the first half of play during the Homecoming game at Ankeny Stadium.
(Photo: Lee Navin / For the Register (ph)

Possible linebacker and tight end prospects for Iowa after recent (2019) misses? — @BenFlaherty21

One name comes to mind: Cameron Baker, the in-state linebacker from Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. 

Iowa offered Baker (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), a three-star prospect, way back in November and have stuck with him since. He also plays running back for Jefferson (and was an All-Iowa Elite Team selection at that position), but most schools have recruited him at linebacker. He's got the versatility to play inside or outside.

I checked in with Baker this week and he said Iowa, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State are recruiting him the hardest right now. He said he'd like to schedule official visits to Iowa and NDSU "for sure," and then he'd also like to visit UNI and Nebraska — which has long been expressing interest.

For tight end: Zion Carter, a 6-7, 230-pound prospect from Tampa, visited Iowa on June 27. He holds offers from Dartmouth, Cornell and Florida Atlantic. 

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.