One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2017 recruiting class, position by position:
Djimon Colbert, 6-1, 215, Shawnee Mission, Kan. (Bishop Miege HS)
Matt Hankins, 6-1, 175, Lewisville, Texas (Marcus HS)
Camron Harrell, 5-10, 181, Bourbonnais, Ill. (Bradley-Bourbonnais HS)
Geno Stone, 6-0, 195, New Castle, Pa. (New Castle HS)
Josh Turner, 6-0, 180, Delray Beach, Fla. (American Heritage HS)
DJIMON COLBERT: Was a member of a state championship team last fall following his only season at Bishop Miege High School in suburban Kansas City. … Played both defensive back and wide receiver on a 12-1 team which won its third straight state title. … Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a senior. … Earned honorable mention all-metro honors in Kansas City as a junior at Winnetonka High School.
MATT HANKINS: Played in the All-America Bowl postseason all-star game after earning unanimous first team all-district honors as a senior at Marcus High School. … Two-time first team all-district selection and three-year varsity letterwinner. … Broke up six passes as a senior, recording 27 solo tackles and six assists. … Had 34 solo tackles and 18 assists as a junior, including five tackles for a loss. He also broke up 13 passes and intercepted two that season. ... Broke up nine passes as a sophomore, recording 20 solo tackles and four assists.
CAMRON HARRELL: Earned honorable mention all-state recognition in Illinois after excelling as both a defensive back, running back and receiver at Bradley-Bourbonnais. … Set a school record with 44 tackles during his prep career. … Intercepted five passes as a senior in addition to rushing for 760 yards and recording 440 receiving yards. … Had 931 receiving yards and scored 22 touchdowns as a junior. … Is a letterwinner in track.
GENO STONE: Versatile athlete who was a three-year varsity letterwinner as a running back, quarterback and defensive back at New Castle High School. … Earned first-team all-state honors and first-team all-conference honors last season while leading his team to a WPIL finals appearance. … Intercepted 10 passes and accounted for 35 touchdowns during his senior season. … Had five touchdowns and picked off three passes in a regional semifinal game. … Basketball letterwinner.
JOSH TURNER: First-team all-Palm Beach County selection as a senior at American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Fla. … Recorded 53 tackles with 17 pass break ups as a senior in addition to forcing and recovering two fumbles. … Rushed for one touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score during his senior season. … Finished with 33 tackles and 12 pass break ups as a prep junior, intercepting one pass, recovering two fumbles and forcing one. … Lettered in track and competed in rugby at the high school level.
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Iowa’s defense backs:
“We feel good about the versatility we see in this group and it was an area where we needed to grow the depth of talent within our program. If you look at where we were at corner in the bowl game (with Greg Mabin and Manny Rugamba out with injuries), depth at defensive back has been an issue for us. We feel we addressed that need.’’
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Geno Stone, who flipped a previous commitment to Kent State to sign with Iowa:
“We project him as more of a DB guy, but we like the fact that he’s a versatile player, played really well on offense, was a team leader and all those kinds of things. There are a lot of intangible things on his resume that intrigued us.’’
Starters: SS Miles Taylor, senior; FS Brandon Snyder, junior
Reserves: CB Joshua Jackson, junior; CB Manny Rugamba, sophomore; CB Michael Ojemudia, sophomore; FS Jake Gervase, junior; SS Amani Hooker, sophomore
Cedric Boswell, redshirt freshman
Amani Hooker, sophomore
Manny Rugamba, sophomore