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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 Mondays, but I'm happy to take questions any other day of the week, too.
Let's get to this week's answers.
Does Iowa basketball try to sign anyone else late in this class if they miss on Josh and Xavier? — @iowafanwilliams
If the Hawkeyes miss on Xavier Foster and Josh Ogundele, I wouldn't expect them to try to rush and go after a backup option in whatever little time they'd have left until the Nov. 13 early signing day.
They've already got four expected 2020 signees in Ahron Ulis, Tony Perkins, and Kris and Keegan Murray. With an early signing class that size, Iowa doesn't need to add another kid in November unless he's a top target — like Foster or Ogundele.
Instead, the Hawkeyes could have some flexibility moving forward. They know they'll likely have more openings to fill in 2020, and they could be patient. They could evaluate the high school ranks and see if any seniors emerge for the spring. They could keep an eye on the transfer market, whether that's sit-out, graduate or junior college transfers. Fran McCaffery showed a willingness to dip into that market with Bakari Evelyn.
Bottom line: If Foster and Ogundele go elsewhere, there's no issue with Iowa sticking with its four-person class in the early signing period. That would make sense.
How’s Deuce Hogan’s senior year been going? — @Hawk_Nation71
According to the Dallas Morning News, Hogan has completed 89 of 143 passes for 1,470 yards, 20 touchdowns and three interceptions through Grapevine Faith's 6-1 start to the season.
So ... it's going pretty well.
Against good competition, too.
Hogan, Iowa's 2020 quarterback recruit, is a three-star, top-500 prospect who plays his high school football in the Dallas/Fort Worth area — one of the country's most talent-rich metropolitan areas. He's regularly playing future Division I competition.
To me, that makes him a candidate to at least challenge for playing time as a freshman. It helps that there's no clear heir apparent to Nate Stanley right now.
Tyler Goodson was the same way in high school: He dominated against D-I competition in the Atlanta metro area, making him more college-ready than your average true freshman. And we've already seen him make an early impact.
Where does Harrison Bey-Buie have offers from? — @iowarecruits1
If you don't know about Bettendorf senior running back Harrison Bey-Buie, I suggest you try to watch him during the state football playoffs.
The 5-10, 205-pounder has racked up 1,551 rushing yards (on 10.6 yards per carry) and 27 rushing touchdowns for the 8-1 Bulldogs. That's the second-most rushing yards and most rushing scores in Class 4A.
Bey-Buie transferred to Bettendorf this fall from Moline. He currently holds an FCS offer from Eastern Illinois, as well as a handful of Division II and junior college offers. UNI, Western Illinois and Eastern Kentucky are among the other D-Is showing interest.
Any thoughts on Xavier now that he's cut list to Clones and Hawks? — @ted_rood
I honestly don't think Foster knows where he'll wind up yet. This is a big decision, and he and his family have been thoughtful and meticulous the whole way. They've handled this kind of high-pressure recruitment as well as anyone possibly could.
Here's something I do know, though: Tweeting at Foster isn't going to help you persuade him to come to your school. Let the coaches do the recruiting, yeah?
Any Drake MBB recruiting news? — @sdvickery
Drake hosted 2020 junior college prospect Clarence Jackson last week for an official visit. Jackson is a 6-6 wing out of Polk State College in Haven, Florida.
Originally from Georgia, Jackson holds offers from Drake, Akron, Radford and Siena, among others. His visit to Drake was his first official visit.
It sounds like things went well. (Although, as I've said before, it's really, really hard for an official visit to not go well.) But this is certainly a name for Bulldog fans to keep an eye on in the 2020 class.
Is Jamari Sibley still on Iowa’s radar even though they got the Murray twins? — @CjNascar6767
From what I've heard, from one source in particular, it sounds like Iowa is no longer in on Milwaukee four-star forward Jamari Sibley.
And, if that's true, it would make sense. Sibley is a 4/3 blend — a nimble power forward who will also play more on the wing as his 3-point shot develops. Meanwhile, the Murray twins are wings who have the size and length to be stretch 4s in certain lineups, too.
There's probably too much position overlap there.
Any info on Iowa recruiting activity in the south - football or basketball? — Tadd
Since Derrick Foster joined the Iowa football staff, the Hawkeyes have ramped up their presence in the South, particularly Georgia and Alabama.
For its 2021 recruiting class, Iowa has four current outstanding offers in those two states: three-star Alabama receiver Christian Lewis, five-star Alabama defensive tackle Lee Hunter, unrated Georgia linebacker Chief Borders and three-star Georgia cornerback Jordan Hancock — who plays at Goodson's alma mater, North Gwinnett.
Iowa basketball has one outstanding 2021 offer in the South: unrated wing Elijah Tucker, out of Canton, Georgia.
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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