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Iowa Hawkeye Recruiting is Trending in the Right Direction

Iowa Recruiting Kadyn Proctor

Iowa Recruiting Kadyn Proctor

Next up in our Recruiting Programs to Watch is Iowa. After a big spring haul on the recruiting trail, Iowa looks to add to their impressive class of 2023 heading into the start of camp.

Iowa’s 2023 class could be a huge turning point for the program after a 10-4 season last year and winning the Big Ten West. This article will first touch on the class, and then transition into how the commits will impact the program short and long-term.

The Class

When you talk about Iowa’s 2023 class, the conversation must start with five-Star OT Kadyn Proctor. Proctor is one of the best players in the country, listed in the top ten nationally on 247 Sports, and the number one ranked player in the state of Iowa. Keeping a generational prospect home such as Proctor is not only a major win for Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes staff but also one of the biggest moments for Iowa fans ever. Proctor immediately becomes the highest-ranked commit in the program’s history.

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Of course, Proctor is not the only high-level player in the class. Within the last month, Iowa has picked up commitments from high three-star prospects OT Trevor Lauck and RB Kendrick Raphael, who add another tier of talent to the class. three-star QB Marco Lainez III out of Princeton, NJ committed in December 2021. In-State three-stars ATH Alex Mota, LB Ben Keuter, DL Maddux Borcherding-Johnson, DE David Caulkner, and Athletes Aidan Hall and Zach Lutmer have all committed to stay home and play for Iowa. Keeping talented recruits in-state has always been a point of emphasis for the Hawkeyes. Three-star TE Zach Ortwerth (St. Louis, MO) also recently joined the class on Independence Day.  

On the defensive side of the ball, three-star EDGE Chase Brackney (Englewood, CO) and three-star CB John Nestor (Chicago, IL) have committed to play for Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker. Three-star IOL  Leighton Jones (Brownsburg, IN) and three-star OT Cannon Leonard (Gilman, IL) have also signed up to play for Offensive Line Coach George Barnett. Earlier today Iowa also received a commitment from three-star athlete Khalil Tate out of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Illinois.

The Impact

The impact of OT Kadyn Proctor will be felt immediately. Proctor projects to be an anchor of the Iowa offensive line for years to come. The development of offensive lineman under Kirk Ferentz at Iowa cannot be overstated. Names like Tyler Linderbaum, Tristan Wirfs, James Daniels, Marshall Yanda, and Brandon Scherff come to mind when thinking of successful Iowa linemen who went on to be high NFL draft picks. Offensive Lineman Trevor Lauck, Leighton Jones, and Cannon Leonard hope to be next in line. With TJ Hockenson, Noah Fant, and George Kittle all moving on to the next level within the last five years, three-star TE Zach Ortwerth aims to be the next difference-maker at the TE position for Iowa.

After landing a recruit like Kadyn Proctor, Hawkeyes fans may wonder what that could mean for the rest of the class. Kirk Ferentz and his staff aim to carry the momentum into the fall and land commitments from four-star DL Kendrick Gilbert, and three-star athletes Asa Newsom.

After winning the Big Ten West, Iowa has carried that momentum into recruiting.  If the Hawkeyes can add to their already impressive class, they will be a force in the Big Ten for the foreseeable future.