If you had to describe Kirk Ferentz’ Iowa Hawkeyes in just a few words, they would be tough, Midwestern, hard-nosed football. Many teams in the Big Ten share these traits, but perhaps none have exemplified them as well as schools like the Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa.
It is almost tradition that Hawkeyes recruiting runs primarily out of the state of Iowa and the rest of the Midwest. This home-grown talent leads to constant success on the gridiron. Unfortunately for teams like Iowa and Wisconsin, people get bored with constant success. They want something flashier. There is no doubt in my mind that Wisconsin was one of the best teams in the country in 2017; people just did not like their style of play. The same could be said for Iowa’s 12-0 team in 2015.
Iowa maintains their constant success by using the formula mentioned above: recruit home-grown talent that you can rely on. The Hawkeyes generally are not out there to pull in seven 5-stars in a recruiting class (looking at you, Georgia). However, they still put good-to-great teams out there on a yearly basis. Much of this can be attributed to excellent coaching, but a large part of it is the culture. This is just how things work in Iowa City, and the 2019 recruiting class should be no different.
Talking the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes
There are some discernible early differences between Iowa’s 2019 and 2018 recruiting classes. In 2018, according to 247Sports, the Hawkeyes did not sign a single 4-star athlete. Iowa finished eighth in the Big Ten and 40th in the country. Any top-50 class is by every metric a solid recruiting class, however, 2019 is off to a much better start for Ferentz.
So far in the 2019 cycle, the Hawkeyes have received verbal commitments from three players: Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres and Logan Lee. Currently, Iowa’s class is ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 21st in the country.
Ezra Miller is a 4-star offensive tackle out of Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa. Miller comes in at 6-6 and 275 pounds with a 0.9166 composite rating. Miller committed on April 17, 2017.
Tyler Endres is the second 4-star, 6-6 offensive tackle to commit to the Hawkeyes for 2019. Endres is from Norwalk, Iowa and has a 0.9105 composite score from 247Sports. Endres committed on June 24, 2017.
Lee is a 3-star tight end from Orion, Ill. Lee committed the same day as Tyler Endres and stands at 6-5 and 225 pounds.
Looking forward to the rest of the 2019 class
Clearly the Hawkeyes are off to an excellent start for the class of 2019. There is plenty of time left for things to change between now and December, but Iowa City should be excited for what is on the way. Provided Miller, Endres and Lee remain committed to Iowa, the Hawkeyes offensive line will continue to be a scary sight for opposing front sevens across the conference.