Who top Iowa football prospects are hearing from on first day of contact period
Tuesday marked an important day in college football recruiting.
From Monday until April 15, college coaches can call prospects they're recruiting in the 2022 class. With COVID-19 knocking out the possibility of recruiting visits for nearly a year and for the foreseeable future, these calls will serve as critical components of a player's recruitment.
Iowa's 2022 class is shaping up to be close to as deep, if not deeper, than the state's historically good 2019 class. The Register released a top-40 in-state 2022 recruiting rankings in December. Even a few years ago, the concept of accurately ranking a pool of 40 Iowa prospects who just finished their junior seasons was much, much more daunting.
Here's a running list of the schools Iowa's top in-state prospects are telling the Register they've heard from, or are scheduled to hear from. Just because a school isn't listed here doesn't mean it isn't involved in that prospect's recruitment. This story will update as more prospects notify the Register throughout the day.
(Using the December recruiting rankings.)
No. 1 Xavier Nwankpa, S, Southeast Polk: Iowa State, Arizona State, Florida, Missouri, Clemson, Texas A&M, Oregon, Notre Dame, Iowa, USC, Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan
No. 3 Hunter Deyo, DT, Lewis Central: Iowa, Iowa State
No. 4 Eli Raridon, TE, West Des Moines Valley: Iowa, Iowa State, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, Indiana, Virginia, Kansas State, West Virginia, Buffalo
No. 5 Spruceton Buddenhagen, OL, Clarke: Kansas State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, Iowa State, Iowa, Indiana State, Northwestern
No. 7 Will McLaughlin, LB, Harlan: Iowa State, Yale
No. 8 Jaxon Dailey, QB, Southeast Polk: Iowa State, Michigan, Arkansas State, Rice, North Dakota State
No. 9 Gabe Burkle, TE, Cedar Rapids Prairie: Iowa State, Minnesota, Kansas State, Michigan State, Indiana, Army, Northwestern, Miami of Ohio, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Colorado, Buffalo, Northern Illinois
No. 11 Corey Phillips, TE, Ames: Northern Iowa (offered)
No. 12 Kale Krogh, OL, Ballard: Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa (offered)
No. 13 Jahsiah Galvan, DB/ATH, West Liberty: Northern Iowa (offered)
No. 14 Luke Gaffney, DL, Linn-Mar: Northern Iowa, Army, St. Thomas, Bemidji State (Division II)
No. 17 Brayden Loftin, WR/TE, Lewis Central: Air Force (offered) Northern Illinois, North Dakota State
No. 20 Trey Porter, ATH, Ankeny Centennial: Northern Illinois, Iowa, Northern Iowa
No. 21 Colin Kadolph, RB, Ankeny: Iowa, Bemidji State
No. 25 Easton Eledge, OL, Underwood: Concordia St. Paul (D-II), Bemidji State
No. 26 Braden Simonsen, DE, Ankeny: Columbia, North Dakota State, Minnesota State (D-II), Bemidji State
No. 31 Ryan Crandall, S, Ankeny: Northern Iowa
No. 33 Brady McCullough, WR, Ankeny: Bemidji State
No. 34 Michael Daysee, DT, West Des Moines Valley: Bemidji State
No. 35 Logan Cassady, ATH, I-35: Northern Iowa, Bemidji State
No. 39 Logan Green, DT, Clarinda: Bemidji State
No. 40 Joshua Jenkins, RB, Des Moines Lincoln: Augustana (D-II), Bemidji State
Unranked Jack Rutz, QB/K, Johnston: Iowa, St. Thomas, North Dakota State, Bemidji State
Unranked Ben Reiland, DE, Waukee: Iowa, Bemidji State
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