All three of Hawkeyes top recruits were from the state of Iowa. The 2009 class was heavily focused on the offensive side of the ball.
Jordan Cotton (Mount Pleasant High School) may turn out to be the star of the 2009 class. Cotton, who played time at running back in high school, will make the switch to wide receiver when he steps foot on the Iowa campus. Cotton is athletically gifted and could be a great risk/reward player for coach Kirk Ferentz. I would imagine that Cotton will redshirt in 2009 and take the time to further learn the position and the intangibles of playing WR. This isn’t the first time Iowa has moved a high school running back to the wide out position. Remember that one guy, what was his name….oh yeah, Tim Dwight. If Cotton’s transition can go nearly as well as Dwights or any of their other position-switchers (Clinton Solomon and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos were both high school QBs) then the Hawkeyes are in luck.
Brandon Wegher has all but turned into an Internet sensation without ever playing a snap of college ball. The hype has gotten so out of hand he might as well be Chuck Norris’ long lost lovechild. Now don’t get me wrong the hype is well deserved. Wegher did everything you could ask for out of a high school running back competing against 3A talent in the state of Iowa. All 3A schools around Iowa will be happy to see number 32 move on from the high school ranks. His numbers, well they’re astonishing. From ESPN.com:
Finished high school career with 6,823 yards, third most in state history. 2008:
Rushed for state-record 3,238 yards and 54 touchdowns. 2007: Rushed for
yards and 34 touchdowns on 286 carries (8.2 average). Made 28 tackles,
intercepted one pass and broke up nine others
The star of the Hawkeyes class, however, is Keenan Davis. Davis, the more polished of the two WR prospects, figures to get every chance to step in and play from day one. Davis was an Under Armour High School All-American, and was placed on the ESPN 150 list (116). He is ranked as the 16th best WR prospect by ESPN.com. Davis has the size (6’3”, 195) and the speed (4.5 40) to have Hawkeye fans drooling about his potential after working with acclaimed WR coach Erik Campbell. Davis could be the spark that the Iowa passing game has been lacking in the recent past. I see Davis getting the opportunity and making an instant impact in 2009. Oh and he's pretty athletic too:
While Iowa's class wasn't received well by the media (78th overall), I think the top prospects pull the rest of the class up a little bit. The potential for two or maybe three real playmakers positioned the Hawkeyes 9th in my Big Ten rankings, above Northwestern (11th) and Indiana (10th).
All photos courtesty of scout.com