Recruiting: Where does Iowa football look next for quarterbacks? Plus thoughts on Hawkeyes' newest commit
Tuesday was a good day for some really talented high school basketball players in this state.
Air Force offered Dubuque Senior forward Noah Carter (the Register's No. 7 in-state 2019 prospect), Oskaloosa forward Cole Henry (our No. 9 in-state 2019 prospect) and Waukee point guard Noah Hart (a rising prospect who's one of the best passers in the state).
That was the third Division I offer for Carter (also from North Dakota and Lehigh) and Henry's second D-I offer (also from North Dakota). It was Hart's first.
Then, Norwalk sophomore point guard Bowen Born received his first offer from Northern Iowa. Our No. 3 in-state 2020 prospect is officially going to college for free, and he's not going to have just one option when all is said and done. Iowa, Iowa State, Drake, Minnesota and Nebraska are also paying attention.
Let's get to your questions.
With Sam Johnson III picking Boston College ... what are some QB prospects to keep an eye on moving forward? Does Mark Waid get an offer? — @Nate_Kischer
Entering the week, Iowa had only two offers out to uncommitted quarterbacks. One was to four-star Houston product Grant Gunnell, who's attracting the likes of Alabama, Florida State and Georgia.
The other was to Sam Johnson III, a three-star quarterback out of Walled Lake, Michigan. He committed to Boston College on Monday over his other four finalists: Iowa, Missouri, Syracuse and Michigan.
Now, I would certainly expect the Hawkeyes to turn more focus toward the quarterback position. But that doesn't mean they'll rush into a bunch of offers. Iowa can afford to take its time here and find the quarterback it loves. Remember, it didn't land Spencer Petras until a week before the early signing period.
Mark Waid comes to mind as a possible target. Currently a two-star prospect from Girard, Ohio, Waid is a big, pro-style quarterback (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) with offers from Cornell, Robert Morris, Fordham and Dartmouth. He threw for 3,506 yards and 37 scores this past season.
There's clearly mutual interest here: Waid took a two-day unofficial visit to Iowa surrounding the open spring practice, and quarterbacks coach Ken O'Keefe visited his school to watch him throw the following week.
Five other names jump out as potential Hawkeye quarterback targets:
- Connor Bazelak, (6-4, 200), three stars, Archbishop Alter (Dayton, Ohio): Bazelak is going to have a big offseason. He was a standout at Nike's The Opening regional in Canton, Ohio, last weekend and he just picked up a Georgia offer. He told me O'Keefe came to watch him throw last week and that he plans to talk to O'Keefe this weekend. Don't be shocked to see an offer then.
- Matthew Yelverton (6-4, 230), unrated, Bishop Dunne (Dallas): Yelverton fits the mold of Iowa's big, strong pro-style quarterback. I believe he was the only 2019 quarterback to visit Iowa on its March 4 junior day.
- Trevor Bycznski (6-5, 220), three stars, Midpark (Berea, Ohio): Another Iowa-style signal-caller, Bycznski visited the Hawkeyes on March 29 and Hawkeye Nation reports O'Keefe is scheduled to watch him throw on Thursday. He holds an offer from Bowling Green.
- Jaren Lewis (6-3, 215), unrated, Battle (Columbia, Missouri): An athletic quarterback out of Mizzou's backyard, Lewis visited Iowa in late April. Not sure if O'Keefe is scheduled to watch him throw or not.
- *Da'Shaun Brown, (6-3, 170), three stars, St. Catherines (Racine, Wisconsin): I put an asterisk next to Brown because the Hawkeyes have offered him, but they're likely recruiting him as an athlete right now. However, he's a heck of a dual-threat high school quarterback. He passed for 1,404 yards, rushed for 1,210 yards and amassed 34 touchdowns this past season. Wisconsin and Iowa State have also offered.
Who is the best (wide receiver) recruit likely to end up at Iowa? — @TravisBarnhart6
Kansas City three-star receiver Desmond Hutson committed to Iowa about 24 hours after this question was asked.
Hutson (6-4, 190) picked the Hawkeyes over an offer from South Dakota State, but he also held interest from Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa State. Both Rivals and the 247Sports Composite give him three stars, and the composite ranks him the No. 125 receiver in 2019.
I dove into his film last night. Here's a quick breakdown:
He's mostly a deep-ball or red-zone threat (not surprising for a guy his height) with sticky hands and the ability to catch in traffic. He uses his body and hands well to fend off defensive backs or box them out for catches, especially on fade routes in the red zone.
Not a speed demon, but he does have long-stride acceleration and the ability to change speeds quickly. Paired with some solid jousting skills, Hutson doesn't have too much issue getting himself open. And his height often makes him "open" on most plays.
Hutson's route tree was limited on film. Therefore, it's hard to judge his route-running ability. The film mostly shows vertical routes, some hitches, fades in the red zone and a few screens. But this is an area for improvement for all incoming recruits.
In terms of some other Iowa receiver targets to watch, these five come to mind:
- Maurice Massey (6-4, 185), three stars, Kirkwood (St. Louis): Massey recently re-opened his recruitment after being committed to Iowa State. I know Iowa still liked him even when Massey originally committed to the Cyclones in December. Since decommitting in late April, Massey has picked up an offer from New Mexico. Illinois, Kentucky and Boston College are among Massey's other suitors.
- Craig Young (6-3, 200), three stars, Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana): Iowa has a good relationship with Young, although his recruitment has picked up considerable steam since his junior season ended. Michigan State and Ohio State have offered. Young has said he will release his top seven schools soon. I wouldn't be surprised to see Iowa in there, with Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Iowa State included.
- Tre Mosley (6-2, 180), three stars, West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield, Michigan): Until Oregon extended an offer in late April, Iowa was Mosley's most recent offer in early April. He recently told 247Sports his recruitment is wide open.
- Damari Roberson (6-1, 180), three stars, Mona Shores (Muskegon, Michigan): Iowa joined Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue on the list of schools to offer Roberson after his junior season — which was shortened by a torn ACL. Roberson also plays safety.
- Kalani Norris (5-11, 165), three stars, Columbus (Miami): With Kelton Copeland's Florida ties, Iowa dipped into the state in the last recruiting cycle to land Tampa-area product Calvin Lockett. Now, it's trying again with Norris, who the Hawkeyes offered late last week. Norris holds additional offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Purdue, South Carolina, Missouri and Louisville, among others.
So what does DJ Carton's top 5 look like right now? — @jem_230
There's no official top five, six, seven or whatever at the moment.
I'm told D.J. Carton met with his parents, high school coach and AAU coach Monday evening to discuss his recruitment. I checked with Carton to see if he wanted to release any updates from that meeting, and he said he'd rather not right now.
I don't think I'm being wildly speculative by saying Carton and his camp probably at least made some progress on trimming his list or discussing visits Monday; the humble star told me he planned to begin narrowing his choices after returning from the second live period in Minnesota.
Don't be surprised to hear some news from Carton before too long.
Plenty of people want to know which schools Carton favors the most, and understandably so.
As I've written before, from what I've been told over these past few weeks it sounds like Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Ohio State and Indiana are major players, and Wisconsin and Marquette are certainly in the picture, too. If Carton does choose to release a top five, I would be surprised if Michigan, Ohio State and Indiana weren't included.
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_.