2016 Iowa Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Iowa Football Recruiting Class: Kirk Ferentz led Iowa to a big 2015, and he carried it over with a good 2016 recruiting season that should be good enough to be in the top half of the Big Ten.

    September 24, 2016

    Kirk Ferentz led Iowa to a big 2015, and he carried it over with a good 2016 recruiting season that should be good enough to be in the top half of the Big Ten.


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    Iowa Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Did Iowa capitalize on its outstanding, Rose Bowl season? Yeah, at least compared to last season, there was a nice jump up in recruiting production. The Hawkeyes didn’t get as many top prospects compared to the other star teams in the conference, but considering they don’t normally battle with Michigan and Ohio State for talent, this wasn’t a bad recruiting season.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Running backs. The Hawkeye defensive line got a great group of young players, and the secondary got lots of help, but the focus was on the offensive backfield with excellent QB Nate Stanley along with three highly-ranked runners. Toren Young out of Wisconsin might be the best of the lot, but Barrington Wade and Toks Akinribade are good-sized runners who look like they belong in the Iowa backfield.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    QB Nate Stanley, 6-4, 207 – The pressure is on for the key quarterback recruit to be the main man – but he gets a few years to develop. With excellent size and a big-size arm, he looks the part and can move a little bit, too. The Wisconsin native committed relatively early, with Pitt the other main suitor, and now the Hawkeyes have their man.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Pass catchers. Both kickers are gone, the offensive line loses center Austin Blythe and guard Jordan Walsh, and the defense loses Jordan Lomax and Greg Mabin of the secondary, but the concern this offseason will be the receiving corps that loses Tevaun Smith, Jacob Hillyer, and tight end Henry Krieger Coble. In all, four of the team’s top six pass catchers from last year are done.

    2016 Iowa Football Recruiting Class

    Toks Akinribade RB 6-0 205 Fr. Brownsburg, Ind. Brownsburg

    Cole Banwart OL 6-4 280 Fr. Ottosen, Iowa Algona
    Shaun Beyer TE 6-5 210 Fr. Shellsburg, Iowa Cedar Rapids Kennedy
    Lance Billings DB 6-0 176 Fr. Lorain, Ohio Clearview
    Cedric Boswell DB 5-11 175 Fr. Beverly Hills, Mich. Groves
    Noah Fant TE 6-5 220 Fr. Omaha, Neb. Omaha South
    Chauncey Golston DE 6-5 227 Fr. Detroit, Mich. East English Village
    T.J. Hockenson TE 6-5 230 Fr. Chariton, Iowa Chariton
    Amani Hooker DB 6-0 203 Fr. Minneapolis, Minn. Park Center
    Alaric Jackson OL 6-7 285 Fr. Detroit, Mich. Renaissance

    Amani Jones LB 6-0 215 Fr. Chicago, Ill. Phillips
    Cedrick Lattimore DE 6-5 260 Fr. Redford, Mich. East English Village
    Romeo McKnight DE 6-5 235 Fr. Crystal Lake, Ill. Crystal Lake Central
    Nick Niemann LB 6-4 220 Fr. Sycamore, Ill. Sycamore
    Emmanuel Rugamba DB 6-0 172 Fr. Naperville, Ill. Naperville Central
    Austin Schulte DE 6-4 250 Fr. Pella, Iowa Pella
    Brandon Simon DE 6-1 236 Fr. Newark, N.J. Don Bosco Prep
    Nathan Stanley QB 6-5 212 Fr. Menomonie, Wis. Menomonie
    Kyle Taylor LB 6-2 220 Fr. Silver Springs, Md. Gonzaga, Washington D.C.
    Barrington Wade LB 6-1 210 Fr. Skokie, Ill. Niles North
    Kristian Welch LB 6-3 220 Fr. Iola, Wis. Iola-Scandinavia
    Spencer Williams OL 6-3 290 Fr. Cedar Falls, Iowa Cedar Falls
    Devonte Young WR 6-0 195 Fr. Waldorf, Md. North Point
    Toren Young RB 5-11 220 Fr. Madison, Wis. Monona Grove

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