Iowa Hawkeyes secure quiet commitment from 2018 slot wide reciever Nico Ragaini

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

The Hawkeyes picked up an unexpected commitment Monday night.

Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz cheers after the Hawkeyes scored a touchdown against Boston College during the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

Nico Ragaini, a slot receiver from West Haven, Connecticut, received an Iowa offer Sunday night and committed the following day, HawkCentral confirmed. Hawkeye Nation's Rob Howe was first to report.

Ragaini, who will enroll at Iowa this spring, told HawkCentral he knew he wanted to play for Iowa since he participated in a camp there last summer. He also held offers from Army, Boston College, Brown, New Hampshire, Princeton and Yale.

Before this news, it was thought Iowa wanted at least one more receiver for its 2018 class, with Oklahoma's Drake Stoops as the top remaining target. Stoops was also considering Ohio and Memphis. Whether Iowa's pursuit of Ragaini means Stoops is trending toward one of those schools is yet to be determined.

Ragaini racked up 3,345 receiving yards in four years from 2013-17 at West Haven Notre Dame. He then played one post-graduate year at Avon Old Farms School. He is an unrated prospect, according to Rivals and 247Sports.

Now, with Ragaini's commitment, Iowa's 2018 class is up to 20, including junior college transfer Daviyon Nixon and grayshirt Riley Moss.

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_.