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Iowa linebackers Amani Jones (52) and Aaron Mends (31) team up for a hit on North Texas wide receiver Jaelon Darden during the fourth quarter of Iowa's win over the Mean Green in this file photo at Kinnick Stadium.


Editor's note: One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2018 recruiting class, position by position.

The newcomers

Seth Benson, 6-1, 205, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington HS)

Dillon Doyle, 6-3, 215, Iowa City (West HS)

Logan Klemp, 6-3, 210, Jewell, Iowa (South Hamilton HS)

Jayden McDonald, 6-1, 220, Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett HS)

The details

SETH BENSON: Two-time first-team elite all-state and all-conference selection at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. … Was named the Gatorade player of the year in South Dakota. … Helped lead his high school team to three straight state championships. … Four-year varsity letterwinner whose 236 career tackles ranks fourth in school history. … As a senior, recorded 105 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss and six sacks in addition to forcing four fumbles. … Also was letterwinner in baseball, track and basketball.

DILLON DOYLE: Is enrolled at Iowa for the spring semester and will participate in spring drills. … Was a finalist for Iowa’s Gatorade player of the year honors after helping lead Iowa City West to a spot in the Iowa Class 4A state championship game in each of the last two seasons. … First-team all-state selection as a senior and two-year first-team all-district choice who was named his district’s defensive player of the year last fall. … Was a two-year varsity letterwinner for the Trojans, recording 73 tackles as a senior including 12 tackles for a loss, two sacks and three fumble recoveries. … Also caught 19 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns and gained 28 yards on three punt returns. … Finished his junior season with 85 tackles, including five tackles for a loss, one sack and one interception. ... On offense, had 12 catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. … Lettered as a high jump and sprints competitor in track.

LOGAN KLEMP: Was a first-team all-state selection as a senior and was named by the Iowa Football Coaches Association as its Class 1A player of the year. … Was a first-team all-district running back as well as a first-team pick at linebacker, setting the South Hamilton single-game rushing record with a 294-yard performance. … Recorded 82.5 tackles as a senior, including 12 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He also intercepted a pair of passes. … On offense, he ran for 1,260 yards on 188 carries and scored 13 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 131 yards and one score last fall. … Finished his junior year with 52 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries in addition to rushing for 889 yards and gaining 218 receiving yards. … Had 60 tackles as a sophomore, including 6.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks with one interception. … Intercepted six passes as a freshman, finishing the year with 10.5 tackles. … Placed seventh in the Iowa Class 1A state track meet in the shot put as a junior. … Is a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track.

JAYDEN McDONALD: Collected first-team all-state, all-region and all-county honors while playing for the Georgia Class AAAAAAA state champion, North Gwinnett High School. … Earned first-team all-state honors from the Atlanta Touchdown Club and was named the Gwinnett Daily Post defensive player of the year as a senior. … Recorded 100 tackles for a 14-1 team his senior season, including 60 solo stops. He also had 12 tackles for a loss and an equal number of sacks. … Intercepted four passes, returning each for a touchdown, while forcing three fumbles and recovering two during his senior season. … Rushed for 1,825 yards as a senior. … Is a school record holder with 96 career tackles for a loss. … Lettered in basketball and track.

The walk ons

John Carlson, 6-3, 200, Bondurant, Iowa (Bondurant-Farrar HS)

Joe Evans, 6-2, 210, Ames, Iowa (Ames HS)

Monte Pottebaum (FB/LB), 6-0, 210, Larchwood, Iowa (West Lyon HS)

Mitch Riggs, 6-1, 230, West Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling HS)

Mike Timm, 6-1, 220, Delafield, Wis. (Kettle Moraine HS)

The thoughts

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on the Hawkeyes’ incoming crop of linebackers: “We’re excited about it. We think they’re good players, good prospects. I think it’s fair to say that a couple of guys will be involved next year on special teams. We’ll get them on the field and redshirt another guy or two. We have an open mind. It’s a position where there’s as much opportunity there for any of those players for a spot on our team.’’

Returning depth

Starters: None

Pinstripe Bowl second-team depth: MLB Kristian Welch, 6-3, 232, jr.; WLB Aaron Mends, 6-0, 227, sr.

2017 signings

Nate Wieland, 6-1, 220, Iowa City (Iowa City High)