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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Recruiting snapshot: Iowa


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

After a stellar end-of-year finish capped by an Outback Bowl victory, Iowa is up third on the recruiting rundown. 

Number of recruits: 19

Key needs: Wide receiver, tight end, offensive line

Highest-rated player (Scouts Inc.): Keenan Davis (No. 16 nationally among wide receivers)

The quote: "It's a class we're comfortable with. I don't know where we're ranked this year. Once you get past that first 10, I think everyone is throwing darts. We've had a history of finding the right guys, hoping to find the right guys." -- head coach Kirk Ferentz, on the recruiting rankings

Quick take: This is another small class that ranks near the bottom of the Big Ten in terms of prestige. But anyone that follows Iowa's history for most of Ferentz's tenure knows the Hawkeyes usually get more from less on the field. Wideouts Davis and Jordan Cotton replenish a position that needs more dynamic players, and offensive tackles Nolan MacMillan and Brett Van Sloten could bookend the Hawkeyes' starting offensive line in the near future. The 2010 class will be far more important for Ferentz and Iowa, which will need to replace key pieces at linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. Last year's finish, a top-20 preseason ranking and the decrease in disciplinary issues should pay off for Iowa on the recruiting trail.