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Hawkeyes have solid football class

Hawk Talk

The early signing day for football was last Wednesday, Dec. 20.
That is the earliest high school seniors could sign a letter of intent.
It’s a little early to see if this is good for the Hawkeyes. Iowa picked up some solid recruits that could help right away.
This season the Hawks had three freshmen in the two-deeps on offense and three on defense.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is listed as a starter at wide receiver on offense for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
That will be Ihmir’s fourth start of the season.
Ihmir caught 18 passes for 187 yards (10.4 per catch) and scored twice, including the game-winning touchdown against Iowa State in overtime.
Tristan Wirfs will get his eighth start at left tackle with Alaric Jackson sitting out because of team violations.
This means my homeboy from Moville, Levi Paulson, will start at right tackle.
Wide receiver Brandon Smith is listed as the No. 2 split end.
On defense, the Hawks have freshman Matt Hankins listed as the No. 1 right corner. Matt got his first start at Nebraska.
A.J. Epenesa is the backup right defensive end with Geno Stone listed as the No. 2 free safety.
Freshman Ryan Gersonde is the No. 2 punter.
Ivory Kelly-Martin also got some playing time at running back, rushing for 184 yards on 20 carries (9.2 per carry) and scoring three times.

At the top of the class is four-star defensive end John Waggoner (6-5, 245), who was rated the top player in Iowa. The Hawks have talent and depth coming back on the defensive line but if John can play, he will be in there.
Iowa also picked up four-star quarterback Spencer Petras (6-5, 225) from California. Spencer has a strong arm and is a lot like Nate Stanley, Iowa’s starting QB. Spencer graduates early and will be in school this spring.
Iowa signed a four-star safety in Dallas Craddieth, who committed on signing day.
Local recruits include linebacker Dillon Doyle (6-3, 215). Dillon is the son of Iowa’s strength coach Chris Doyle. He helped lead Iowa City West to a second-place finish in 4A.
Tyler Linderbaum (6-2, 270) helped lead Solon to the Class 3A semifinals. Tyler was ranked the No. 2 prospect in Iowa, Dillon the No. 3 prospect.
Usually, I get a chance to sit down with defensive line coach Reese Morgan and talk about the new recruits.
I’m going to wait until the second signing day in February and hopefully I’ll get to talk to Coach Morgan then.