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It took a while, but the Iowa Hawkeyes have added a pure cornerback to their 2019 class.

Daraun McKinney, a three-star prospect out of River Rouge, Michigan, signed with Iowa on Wednesday. The Hawkeyes flipped him from Northern Illinois, where he'd been committed since last June.

Iowa offered McKinney (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) during its pre-early signing day wave of recruitment, and it hosted him for an official visit last weekend.

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247Sports classifies McKinney, who is also a return specialist, as an athlete. It ranks No. 806 overall in 2019, and it pegs him as the class' No. 59 athlete. But the Hawkeyes offered him as a cornerback.

McKinney joins a pair of three-star safeties — Florida product Dane Belton and Illinois product Sebastian Castro — in Iowa's 2019 secondary. He is the team's 19th recruit in the class.

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_.