The momentum continues: N.J. defensive end says yes to Iowa

Chad Leistikow

Iowa's football recruiting surge continued Friday, with the 17th member of the Class of 2016 – who filled a need in the process.

Brandon Simon, a 6-foot-1, 236-pound defensive end, announced his acceptance of the Hawkeyes' scholarship offer on Twitter. Iowa was hoping for reinforcements on the defensive line in what is expected to be a class of about 25 recruits.

Simon is one of two New Jersey natives who declared for Iowa following their appearance at last weekend's Hawkeye Tailgater in Iowa City. Wide receiver Frank Darby committed to Iowa on Monday.

Simon, who plays for Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., had scholarship offers from Boston College and Syracuse.

"After the visit, I immediately fell in love with the school," Simon told's Blair Sanderson. "It's going to be a great place for me academically and for football. I can't wait." rates Simon as a three-star prospect. Of Iowa's 17 commitments, Rivals lists 11 in the three-star category and six as two-stars.