It was a good weekend on the recruiting front for the Iowa football program. On back to back days, the Hawkeyes likely filled their needs at the running back position.
First there was the commitment of Xavier Williams, a 6-foot and 225 pound power back from Indiana. Williams, who visited Iowa City in March, chose the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Miami-OH, and Old Dominion.
This past season, Williams rushed for 1,475 yards and 15 scores for Lake Central High School.
Then on Sunday, in-state standout Brevin Doll decided he was going to commit to the Hawkeyes. He really blew up on the recruiting trail this spring as the 6-foot and 185 back picked up offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Army, and Western Michigan.
Last fall he rushed for 1.475 yards and accumulated 2,681 all purpose yards last season and scored 35 touchdowns at ADM High School. Doll also has great track speed having won back to back state titles in the 200 meter dash.
IMPACT OF THE RUNNING BACK ADDITIONS
That brings Iowa to nine verbal commitments in the Class of 2024 and it also shows that the Hawkeyes have a very talented running back room for the next few years. Once Williams and Doll arrive, they will join Leshon Williams, who will be a senior, Kaleb Johnson, who will be a junior, Jaziun Patterson, who will be a redshirt sophomore, and a pair of what we expect to be redshirt freshman in Terrell Washington Jr. and Kamari Moulton.
Bottom line, Iowa will loaded in the backfield quite a while. While nothing is ever certain due to the transfer portal and players looking for opportunities elsewhere, the Hawkeyes are now full at the position and that might end up meaning that they will pass on taking Titus Cram, another in-state running back.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE HAWKEYES IN RECRUITING?
From the Class of 2024 front, Iowa will be hosting recruits this weekend and there’s always a chance that someone will pop and make a verbal pledge. Iowa is likely done at quarterback, but that door to add someone to join James Resar is somewhat cracked open.
Running back looks to be done and Iowa is probably finished at linebacker after landing three in-state standouts in Derek Weisskoff, Preston Ries, and Cam Buffington. Beyond that, Iowa will be open for business when it comes to landing prospects.
The other area to watch will be the transfer portal. The Hawkeyes wrap up spring practice on Saturday and we could certainly see a couple of players enter the newly opened portal window. Iowa is at 85 scholarship players right now, but they are still shopping for wide receivers who are now in the portal. While no new names have emerged just yet, the Hawkeyes hope to add one or maybe two receivers to the roster. They also might look to land a defensive back before they set the roster.