Hawkeye recruiting mailbag: What is Iowa getting in three-star RB Tyler Goodson?

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

Thanks to everyone for the Kansas City BBQ suggestions. I'll definitely try to check them all out. Of the BBQ staples in this country, I've only done the Texas deal — a trip to Austin for a cousin's wedding a while back.

North Gwinnett running back Tyler Goodson (5) committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday.

So I'm excited to try another region's fare ... 

Enough food talk. You came here for Iowa recruiting talk, and Iowa recruiting talk you shall receive.

Here’s why Iowa canceled other RB visits and passed on other potential ones. This kid is the best option and can see why. — @IowaHawkGuy

IowaHawkGuy tweeted this in response to the Hawkeyes landing Georgia three-star running back Tyler Goodson.

In terms of pure fit for Iowa's offense, yes, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better fit than Goodson. He's perfect for outside zone run schemes — he's quick enough to get to the edge, and he can cut and change directions without losing speed.

He's also labeled an "all-purpose back," meaning his receiving ability is just as enticing as his rushing ability. Just watch his film and you'll see why; his routes are crisp, his hands are soft and he can catch a ball in stride. Goodson piled up 1,437 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns last season, and he added 305 receiving yards.

He's an Akrum Wadley-type back, and we saw how well Wadley did.

I remember in late May when Iowa had eight main running backs on its board, three immediately stood out as the best options: Jirehl Brock, a four-star who will make Minnesota, Northwestern or Iowa State very happy this Friday; A.J. Finley, an Alabama product who I thought could be a good start to a mini-pipeline in that state (Finley recently committed to Ole Miss); and Goodson, for all the reasons mentioned above.

After Goodson announced his commitment, I got this email from a Hawkeye fan who's been living in Georgia's Gwinnett County, where Goodson is from, for over 25 years:

"Some of the football here is some of the best in the country. Goodson is better than his rating and will make an early contribution as a Hawkeye. Great fit for him and for Iowa."

The fan is right about the level of football in the Atlanta area — it's high quality across the board. I'd also venture to say the fan is right about Goodson's rating — from watching his film and having a decent understanding of the 2019 class of running backs, this kid is better than No. 40, where the 247Sports Composite pegs him. 

We'll see if the fan is right about his final two points.

Any news regarding Nick Henrich? Where does he rank on Iowa’s priority list? — @matt_condon13

Don't hold your breath for Nick Henrich, a four-star linebacker out of Omaha. There hasn't been much of anything lately tying him to Iowa.

The Fremont Tribune reports Henrich took an official visit to Wisconsin the weekend of June 15 and followed that with an unofficial visit to Nebraska the weekend of June 22 — which was Iowa's big official visitor weekend for the summer. The Huskers have made Henrich a big-time priority and have come on strong in his recruitment.

Henrich has said he wants to commit before his senior season starts. If he sticks with that plan, Nebraska was likely his final visit. Recruits can't take more visits until the football season kicks off.

With so many 2019 recruits still uncommitted, when do you see the dominos starting to fall (in basketball)? — @Dial54

With the big dogs — and that's who Iowa is primarily targeting right now — the dominos likely won't fall until at least August. 

It's hard to make a commitment in July, especially if you're one of the country's top prospects. The month is jam-packed with three evaluation periods, and there's no face-to-face contact or visits allowed. Plus, if you're a guy like D.J. Carton with some developing blue-blood interest, you're going to use these final evaluation periods to impress the Bill Selfs and Mike Krzyzewskis of the world.

Don't expect much until August and September. That's when most of these guys will get the bulk of their official visits in, and that's when they'll make their decisions.

Update on Tomari Fox, and any timeline when he might commit? — @Dial54

With in-state product Mosai Newsom trending away from the Hawkeyes, Georgia three-star defensive end Tomari Fox has emerged as Iowa's No. 1 target for the third defensive end slot in 2019.

(For what it's worth, Fox plays his high school ball about a 20-minute drive from Goodson.)

Fox took an official visit to Iowa two weekends ago, along with Jalen Hunt, Dane Belton and Justin Britt — who all committed to the Hawkeyes afterward. Fox told Rivals he almost committed to Iowa, too, but he still wants to weigh some other options.

Georgia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are schools to watch here. Fox will likely take more visits this fall after the dead period.

Right now, who do you feel like the Hawkeyes ... are closest to landing a commitment from? — @I3luEyes

There's nobody on the verge of committing. Carton is target No. 1. Then, the top of the Hawkeyes' wish list includes Indiana five-star forwards Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks, and Minnesota four-star forward Zeke Nnaji.

Brooks just took an unofficial visit to Iowa, but he also recently released a top 10. He's not close to a decision and will take official visits this fall.

Jackson-Davis has said he wants to take all five of his officials. He's already planning visits to Indiana, UCLA and Michigan State. He won't decide for a while.

And Nnaji's coach with D1Minnesota, Jay Fuhrmann, told me Nnaji plans to play out July and take visits after.

"He wants to take his visits and find which program checks off the boxes for what he's looking for — culture, basketball-wise, scholastically," Fuhrmann said. "I would guess Iowa would be up there for him. I know he's got a good relationship with the staff. Any time a school comes in early and sees something in you and believes in you early — I think that carries a lot of weight."

With guys other than Patrick McCaffery, Iowa's 2019 recruiting class will be a waiting game for fans.

Who is a realistic get for Fran at PG if he doesn’t land D.J.? — @insiderhawk

The primary "back-up" name I've heard is — and has been for a while — Noah Hutchins, a three-star point guard out of Buffalo, New York. He's got offers from Wake Forest, Temple and a host of low-majors.

Don't get me wrong: Iowa likes other guards too. Guys like Rocket Watts and Harlond Beverly. But, as I've said before, Iowa can't afford to pursue those players as No. 1 targets, while other schools can.

The Hawkeyes are expected to watch Hutchins play in July. A potential offer wouldn't come until coaches have a better understanding of where they're at in the Carton sweepstakes, and that likely wouldn't happen until August or September.

Of course, Iowa could find another point guard it likes in July.

But, until proven otherwise, I'd say Hutchins is the name the follow if Carton doesn't pick the Hawkeyes.

Has Iowa tried to set up a visit (official or otherwise) with D.J. yet, or are they waiting until August? — @racecarpassenger

I know that, as of June 21, Iowa wasn't trying to set up an official with Carton before July. That's when coaches started focusing on landing their unofficial visit with Brooks.

Plus, schools usually only set up official visits before July if they're trying to secure a commitment on the spot. Even before his visits to Michigan and Indiana last week, I thought Carton wasn't likely to commit anywhere yet. Iowa probably thought that, too, and it's comfortable waiting until late August or September, which is when Carton told me his next visits will likely be.

There's something to be said for an early visit: The school gets to make a first impression, and there's clearly a high level of mutual interest if a prospect chooses to visit you first.

But there's also something to be said for a later official: The school gets to make a later impression that's closer to the prospect's commitment date.

Michigan and Indiana coaches were probably hoping to secure a commitment from Carton during their officials. In reality, that wasn't going to happen given Carton's current state of recruitment.

The blue bloods are sniffing. I'm told Duke, North Carolina and Kansas are showing "light interest" as this point, but interest is interest. I would've been surprised to see Carton commit to a school before the opportunity to play in front of blue-blood coaches this July; Duke and North Carolina coaches have told people within Carton's inner circle that they'll watch him play in this month.

Even though Carton didn't commit on the spot, Indiana and Michigan are still very much in the picture.

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 mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.