Iowa Eight football: Meet the full team and the players who just missed the cut

Matthew Bain
The Des Moines Register

The Iowa Eight is the Register’s preseason list of the eight best football prospects in the state, weighing past performance and future projection. Incoming freshmen through seniors are eligible. Selections are based on Register staff observations and consultation with high school, college and scouting contacts.

Cedar Falls' Jack Campbell tackles West High quarterback Evan Flitz during their game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Here is the 2018 Iowa Eight for football, along with a healthy handful of players who just missed the cut:

Lewis Central's Max Duggan, left, has developed into one of the nation's top quarterback prospects for the 2019 class.

Max Duggan

School: Council Bluffs Lewis Central

Class: 2019

Position: Quarterback

Size: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds 

College: TCU

His story: Duggan has proven to be the real deal

Cedar Falls' Jack Campbell gathers with teammates before their gamea t West High on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Jack Campbell

School: Cedar Falls

Class: 2019

Position: Linebacker

Size: 6-4, 210

College: Iowa

His story:Campbell brings formidable length and power to Hawkeyes

Ridge View rising junior Ezra Miller was the first verbal commitment of Iowa's 2019 football recruiting class. Miller is a 6-6, 300-pound offensive tackle and is considered a four-star recruit.

Ezra Miller

School: Ridge View

Class: 2019

Position: Offensive tackle

Size: 6-6, 305

College: Iowa

His story: Miller might be the nimblest 305-pounder in the Midwest

Norwalk junior Tyler Endres finished 23rd in the Drake Relays boys discus with a 139-foot, 7-inch throw on April 26.

Tyler Endres

School: Norwalk

Class: 2019

Position: Offensive tackle

Size: 6-6, 285

College: Iowa

His story: Endres beats you with athleticism, versatility 

Sep 22, 2017; Southeast Polk Rams Gavin Williams breaks a touchdown run against the Indianola Indians at Indianola Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-For The Herald

Gavin Williams

School: Southeast Polk

Class: 2020

Position: Running back

Size: 6-0, 200

College: Uncommitted

His story: Williams looks like this state's 2020 star

Waverly-Shell Rock's Mosai Newsom poses for a photo after practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.  (Register file photo)

Mosai Newsom

School: Waverly-Shell Rock

Class: 2019

Position: Defensive end

Size: 6-3, 260

College: Nebraska

His story: Want a kid full of upside? Here's Newsom

Clear Creek Amana 2021 defensive end T.J. Bollers takes off his helmet during an Iowa prospect camp on June 3, 2018.
(Photo: Special to the Register: Jenn Bollers)

T.J. Bollers

School: Clear Creek Amana

Class: 2021

Position: Defensive end

Size: 6-4, 225

College: Uncommitted

His story: Bollers is exactly what 'a lot of schools are looking for'

Josh Volk poses for a photo during an unofficial visit to Minnesota.

Josh Volk

School: Cedar Rapids Xavier

Class: 2020

Position: Offensive lineman

Size: 6-4, 295

College: Uncommitted

His story: Volk projects as a big-time lineman, one of the state's best 2020 products 

MORE:Eight thoughts on the 2018 Iowa Eight football team

Just missed

Darien Porter, Bettendorf, 2019 — A 6-4, speedy receiver who picked Iowa State over Minnesota and Nebraska. Boasts limited high school production so far, but is poised for a monster senior season.

Jake Remsburg, West Des Moines Valley, 2019 — A sturdy 6-6, 290-pound offensive tackle for the Tigers, Remsburg committed to Iowa State in December. The Cyclones were his only offer at the time he committed.

Tyler Miller, Greene County, 2020 — An intriguing piece of this state's 2020 class, Miller already holds offers from Iowa State, Cincinnati, Purdue, Nebraska, South Dakota State and Central Florida. A 6-9, 275-pounder with room for refinement, Miller's recruiting stock is poised for a big jump with a good junior season.

Logan Jones, Lewis Central, 2020 — Jones, an athletic defensive line prospect, is another exciting component of this state's 2020 class. Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota have offered. Look for a big year from Jones.

Cameron Baker, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 2019 — Baker is an All-Iowa Elite Team running back, but the 6-2, 210-pounder is primarily being recruited as a linebacker. Iowa, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State are the schools most in the picture right now. 

Cole Mabry, Iowa City West, 2019 — This versatile defender committed to Army over Iowa State and UNI in July. He can play linebacker or strong safety, and West has even used him as a wildcat quarterback.

Noah Fenske, New Hampton, 2019 — An Iowa recruit, Fenske picked the Hawkeyes over North Dakota and South Dakota State in March. He's a versatile offensive lineman who projects as a guard in college. 

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_.