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Welcome, once again, to the recruiting mailbag.
As always, feel free to send me questions over Twitter or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I do the weekly call-out for questions on Twitter on Monday, but I'm happy take questions any other day of the week, too.
Let's get to this week's answers.
I'm intrigued by Iowa State target Tyon Grant-Foster. What can you tell us about him? — @ted_rood
The latest with Indian Hills top-10 2020 prospect Tyon Grant-Foster: He has scheduled an official visit this weekend to Kansas, according to JUCOAdvocate.
That will be second visit. He also unofficially visited Iowa State for the Cy-Hawk game.
Over the weekend, Indian Hills head coach Hank Plona told me Kansas has made a recruiting push with Grant-Foster over these past couple weeks. Other than Iowa State, Plona said Oregon, Miami, Texas A&M, LSU, SMU and Oklahoma State have also been recruiting him hard since the beginning.
Grant-Foster, a 6-foot-7 playmaker who projects at the 2 and 3 in college, is a product of Schlage High in Kansas City, Kansas, and I've heard his home-state Jayhawks could be tough to beat. But the Cyclones are also very much in the picture.
"He’s been very selective. There’s a lot of people recruiting him. There’s a lot of people that want him to visit," Plona said. "He knows that the options he has are all really nice, and they’re going to be awesome and on his visits he’s going to be wow’d by them.
"I think he’s more just trying to figure out where they see him as a player and what his role will be, and kind of see his relationships with different people and figure out who he trusts and likes."
Grant-Foster is being patient with his recruitment, Plona said, and he doesn't know whether his 6-7 star will sign with a school in November or April.
"It still could go early (in November). If he makes up his mind about something, he’ll do it," Plona said. "But there’s a lot of people coming in. Maybe something will happen by November, but obviously he’d have to do it fairly soon, as far as an official visit."
How is (Tamin Lipsey's) rehab going? Is he sitting out his HS season? — @rashar_morgan
Ames 2022 point guard Tamin Lipsey is progressing well in his rehab after June's ACL tear. I caught up with him briefly this week, and he said the plan is still to miss the high school basketball season and return for track and AAU basketball in the spring.
In terms of his recruitment, Lipsey unofficially visited Nebraska last Saturday. He told me he'll visit Iowa for the Penn State game this weekend, and the Ames Tribune's Hayes Gardner reported Lipsey will be at Illinois the following weekend.
The Hawkeyes were in Ames last week to see Lipsey. So far, he holds offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. He has also unofficially visited Michigan this fall.
Dudley Blackwell... GO! — @cylights
Getting straight to the point with this question. I like it, @cylights!
Florida four-star wing Dudley Blackwell took an official visit to Iowa State this past weekend. Everything I've heard is that, from the Cyclones' perspective, the visit went quite well. Of course, official visits rarely don't go well, so take that with a grain of salt.
It does feel like Iowa State is positioned well here, though. It's been heavily involved since last summer, and assistant coach James Kane — Florida native — has done some great work. Blackwell keeps pretty quiet about his recruitment, but he has taken only one other official to Marquette, as far as I've been able to observe.
I'm also hearing Blackwell is more likely to sign with a school in November. That timeline bodes well for the Cyclones' chances. The longer a prospect remains on the board, the better chance there is for a new school to swoop in late.
Things are hard to predict with Blackwell.
But I'd imagine Steve Prohm and Co. feel about as good as they can here.
Any positions of need for Iowa football in the 2020 class that weren’t present at the beginning of the year? — @iowafanwilliams
After the season, coaches will be able to focus more energy on evaluation to identify (and perhaps offer) new 2020 targets.
Defensive tackle could be a position to watch. Junior college recruitment picks up after the season, and there are several strong defensive tackles at Iowa Western. Back in July, Reivers head coach Scott Strohmeier told me Iowa was monitoring Devin Drew. Almosse Titi, who's considered a top-100 juco prospect, may draw interest, too.
The Hawkeyes are also keeping an eye on high school defensive lineman prospects in the state, including Northern Iowa recruit Cade Moore (Centerville). North Dakota State recruit Nolan Jacobs (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) is having a strong season,.
Also, Iowa's Levi and Landan Paulsen are set to graduate, and they're very likely lose Tristan Wirfs and Alaric Jackson to the NFL. So it may be a good idea to add an experienced offensive lineman.
Martin Veinberg is an excellent offensive tackle at Iowa Western, considered a top-50 prospect. Iowa State and several other Power 5s have offered. Jeremiah Crawford, a three-star offensive tackle at Butler County in Kansas, is also worth keeping an eye on. Kansas State has offered him.
Iowa will also need to add another punter. Gavin Meyers, a five-star punter out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, visited Iowa last weekend.
Those are some thoughts as of Oct. 9, 2019. We'll obviously know much more when the Hawkeyes get back out on the recruiting trail in earnest after the season ends.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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