This weekend rings in the official start of summer. College football recruiting has started to heat up again, and many schools are putting a ton of focus on this weekend, including the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Iowa's already off to a hot recruiting start for the 2020 cycle. The Hawkeyes have 14 players pledged as of this writing.
247Sports' composite rankings have Iowa at No. 20 overall in the country, and second in the Big Ten.
Iowa recruiting experts say that this may be the biggest recruiting weekend the program has had in nearly two decades.
From Hawk Central's Chad Leistikow:
So, when my friends at HawkeyeReport.com say this might be the biggest recruiting weekend at Iowa they can remember in their 17 years … it’s a big deal.
“They’re going all-in on this weekend,” said Tom Kakert, the website’s publisher since 2003. “It’s pretty insane.”
The Hawkeyes were bringing in a whopping 22 official visitors this weekend, starting Friday. Ten are verbally committed to the Class of 2020; another 12 are uncommitted top targets.
Schools will often elect to bring in a bunch of existing commits to mingle and hang out with the uncommitted recruits. Coaches go a long way in recruiting, but as you can imagine, potential future teammates can be even more impactful during events like this.
Tight end Luke Lachey and wide receivers Kaevion Mack and Diante Vines are among the reported visitors. Iowa is expected to welcome players from 10 states, ranging from Alabama to Connecticut to Texas to Wisconsin.