College Football Recruiting: Iowa has Huge Recruiting Weekend

By Jay Beck

Less than two weeks ago, the Iowa Hawkeyes‘ recruiting class stood at eight members and the Hawkeyes hadn’t received any new verbal commitments in nearly a month.

Fast forward nine days and Iowa’s 2013 class is nearly full after receiving seven new commitments with six of those coming over the past four days.

The Hawks received commitments from two players each from the states of Missouri and Ohio and they also picked up two more from within their state’s own borders over the weekend.

The best of new recruiting haul for Kirk Ferentz’s squad may be Cleveland, Ohio defensive back, Solomon Warfield.  The six foot, 170 pound safety held offers from several other Big Ten schools including Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois, Penn State and Indiana as well as Arizona and Arizona State in the Pac-12.

Nonetheless, Warfield decided he wanted to be a Hawkeye.  “I just told them that I felt really comfortable there when I came down to visit and I really like their program, so that’s where I want to go to next year. They were really excited.”

Iowa also received a commitment from St. Louis, Missouri athlete Derrick Mitchell.  He has played quarterback and wide receiver on offense and linebacker and safety on defense although it’s not yet clear where Ferentz and his staff plan to use him once he sets foot on campus in Iowa City.

Mitchell held offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana.

Iowa’s class now stands at 15 commitments.  While it’s not exactly clear yet how many more players the Hawkeyes will take in their ’13 class, they figure to be only able add a few more which is probably a good sign since we haven’t even hit July 1st yet.

According to, the previous high for Iowa commitments at this point in the recruiting process was in 2010 when Iowa had seven verbal commitments.

Within the Big Ten, only Michigan has more players in their 2013 class.  The Wolverines currently have 21 players committed which also happens to be the number one ranked class in the nation according to Rivals.  Michigan not only has the quantity, but also a whole lot of quality in what will be Brady Hokes first full recruiting class he can call his own.

With the newest onslaught  of players claiming they’re heading to Iowa City, the Hawks jumped up to number 26 in the Rivals class rankings nationally, which leaves them sixth in the Big Ten, currently.

National signing day is set for February 6th, 2013, when prospective student-athletes can sign their binding letters of intent.

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