Meet the Hawkeyes in Iowa football's 2022 recruiting class

In recent years, the NCAA's early signing day has taken centerstage as college football's premier recruiting event. Iowa, like most schools around the country, is set to wrap up most of its class on Wednesday. It's a smaller class than normal, but with a young team already on campus, this group only adds to the talent that head coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff is collecting. 

Here's a look at who Iowa signed Wednesday as part of its 2022 recruiting class: 

Brian Allen Jr.

DE: 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, St. Thomas More (Woodstock, Illinois)

Rivals: 4 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Allen heavily considered Iowa over the summer but committed to Illinois, he later decommitted in October. Iowa beat out late pushes from Oregon and West Virginia to secure Allen's services. 

Jacob Bostick

WR: 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, Palatine (Palatine, Illinois)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Bostick is the lone wide receiver signee in a room that needs depth with three receivers entering the transfer portal. He's also significant in continuing the Illinois-to-Iowa pipeline that's been interrupted by new Illini coach Bret Bielema.  

Caden Crawford

DE: 6-5, 240, Lansing (Lansing, Kansas)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Crawford committed in February. He's the No. 2 overall prospect from Kansas, and he is a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track and field. 

Jack Dotzler 

OT: 6-7, 265, Waunakee (Waunakee, Wisconsin)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Iowa's offensive line particularly struggled at tackle this year, making Dotzler a priority signing. Iowa fended off Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue and others for his services. 

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Koen Entringer  

DB: 6-2, 190, Walled Lake Western (Walled Lake, Michigan)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: In another signing day surprise, Iowa lands athlete Koen Entringer who will fit into Phil Parker's secondary. He chose the Hawkeyes over Michigan and Wisconsin. 

Aaron Graves 

DE: 6-6, 260, Southeast Valley (Gowrie, Iowa)

Rivals: 4 stars; 247Sports Composite: 4 stars 

Quick facts: The four-star prospect was Iowa's first 2022 recruit all the way back in 2019. Graves just led his Southeast Valley team to a state championship and adds another talented body to the Hawkeyes' deep defensive line rotation. 

T.J. Hall 

DB: 6-2, 175, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno,California)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Hall de-committed from Washington in November and Iowa's hot pursuit paid dividends down the stretch. Hall will become only the second player on Iowa's team from California, joining quarterback Spencer Petras. 

Kaleb Johnson

RB: 6-1, 215, Hamilton (Hamilton, Ohio) 

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Johnson is a flip prospect. Iowa flipped his commitment from Cal in October. He will be in line for early playing time with Tyler Goodson and Ivory-Kelly Martin departing from the program. 

More:Iowa football flips three-star running back Kaleb Johnson following visit for Penn State thriller

Landyn Van Kekerix

LB: 6-2, 195, Rock Valley (Rock Valley, Iowa)

Rivals: 2 stars; 247Sports Composite: NA

Quick facts: Van Kekerix signed with Iowa on Wednesday, giving them more depth at linebacker. With his commitment, Iowa has signed four Iowans in the 2022 class.

Kale Krogh 

OT: 6-6, 260, Ballard (Huxley, Iowa)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Krogh has the frame to grow into a quality Power 5-level starter. He's another multi-sport athlete in this class, as a basketball star at Ballard High.

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Carson May

QB: 6-5, 220, Jones (Jones, Oklahoma)

Rivals: 4 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: The No. 1 quarterback in his home state, May showed dual-threat ability with 115 career touchdowns (85 passing, 30 rushing). However, he won't enroll until the summer so he likely won't be in the mix for snaps next fall. 

More:Iowa football lands quarterback target Carson May in its 2022 recruiting class

Jayden Montgomery 

LB: 5-11, 215, Bay Port (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

Rivals: 2 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Montgomery is one of two linebacker recruits in this class. He comes from strong football pedigree. His father, Jerry, played at Iowa and is a Green Bay Packers assistant. 

Xavier Nwankpa

S: 6-2, 190, Southeast Polk (Des Moines, Iowa) 

Rivals: 5 stars; 247Sports Composite: 4 stars 

Quick facts: Nwankpa is the unquestioned jewel of Iowa's class and is the highest-ranked prospect to ever in the 247Sports Composite rankings commit to the Hawkeyes. As valuable as he'll be on the field, expect him to have a heavy hand in recruiting more talent to Iowa both in this class and in 2023. 

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Addison Ostrenga

TE: 6-5, 220, Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Ostrenga was already an Iowa recruit for baseball but decided to sign with Iowa football instead. The athleticism is there and the ceiling is high, but he will need time to develop before he can contribute at the Big Ten level. 

Jaziun Patterson

RB: 5-11, 190, Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, Florida)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Iowa fought off schools like Arkansas, Florida State, Oregon and Texas A&M for Patterson's commitment. Patterson was a leader on his Deerfield Beach team, wearing the No. 4 (previously worn by NFL player Jerry Jeudy) that signifies the team's top player. 

Olando Trader 

DB: 6-0, 185, Jackson (Jackson, Mississippi)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Trader's a signing day flip, committing to the Hawkeyes over Central Michigan. His speed is well-documented with a 10.84 second 100-meter dash and he could play cornerback or safety in Phil Parker's system. 

Cael Vanderbush

TE: 6-6, 200 pounds, Plainfield (Plainfield, Indiana)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars 

Quick facts: Iowa flipped Vandersbush's commitment in September from Western Michigan one day after offering him. His skillset translates but he will likely have to add weight to his frame before contributing in Iowa's offense. 

Kennington Lloyd Smith III covers Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's basketball for the Des Moines Register. You can connect with Kennington on Twitter @SkinnyKenny_ or email him at ksmith@gannett.com.