Some video clips of quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and popping pads from a March 28 practice at the Iowa Football Performance Center. Chad Leistikow/The Register
The Iowa Hawkeyes picked up a significant in-state recruiting victory this week.
Cedar Falls linebacker Jack Campbell made his commitment to Iowa public on Saturday, announcing his decision in a Twitter post. He had already picked Iowa before this week and had informed the coaching staffs of Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota, his final choices.
At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Campbell is a long, powerful linebacker who’s built a lot like Hawkeye freshman Dillon Doyle. Campbell was the spearhead of Class 4A’s best defense, finishing his junior season at Cedar Falls with 92.5 tackles, 11 solo tackles for loss and five solo sacks. Those numbers earned him a spot on the All-Iowa Elite Team.
Iowa State was first to offer in January of Campbell's sophomore year, and Matt Campbell made him a clear 2019 priority right after the high school football season this year.
Iowa, meanwhile, offered him five months later. It appeared the Hawkeyes trailed the Cyclones early this offseason, but Iowa quickly made up ground to create what basically amounted to a two-horse race between the in-state rivals.
The Hawkeyes and Cyclones aren't the final two schools going toe-to-toe for recruits as much as you might think. And that's why Campbell was perhaps the most talked-about in-state prospect this offseason, even though he isn't the highest rated.
The 247Sports Composite gives Campbell three stars and ranks him the No. 6 2019 prospect in Iowa. Rivals, which only ranks Iowa's best five preps, gives him three stars and doesn't have him listed among the top five.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.