Iowa Hawkeyes running back LeShun Daniels Jr. (29) runs for the end zone behind Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman James Daniels (78) during the second quarter of their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Andy Abeyta

One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2017 recruiting class, position by position:

The newcomers

Mark Kallenberger, 6-5, 260, Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf HS)

Coy Kirkpatrick, 6-5, 275, Madrid, Iowa (Madrid HS)

Tristan Wirfs, 6-5, 315, Mount Vernon, Iowa (Mount Vernon HS)

The details

MARK KALLENBERGER: Two-time first team all-state selection, earning recognition following his junior and senior seasons with the Bulldogs. … Helped lead Bettendorf to a 31-5 record over the past three seasons, playing offensive tackle. … Earned first-team all-district recognition the past two seasons after earning second-team all-conference honors during his sophomore year. … is a letterwinner in basketball. … His brother, Jack Kallenberger, is scheduled to join the Hawkeyes next fall as a preferred walk-on.

COY KIRKPATRICK: Three-time first-team all-district select at Madrid High School. … First-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association as a senior after earning second-team honors as a junior. … Three-year first-team all-district selection. … Four-year letterwinner as a defensive lineman, offensive lineman and fullback as part of prep teams which reached the playoffs the past four years. … Is a letterwinner in basketball, track and baseball. ... Placed fourth in the shot put and eighth in the discus at the Drake Relays a year ago, placing second in both events at the Iowa Class 2A state track and field championships.

TRISTAN WIRFS: Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining Hawkeye defensive line signee A.J. Epenesa in the prep all-star game. … Selected as the captain of the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 2A all-state football team, earning first-team all-state honors. … Named most valuable offensive lineman in his district in 2016. … Three-year first-team all-district offensive lineman. … Recorded 35 tackles as a senior on defense with three sacks and one fumble recovery. … Had 31 tackles with two sacks as a junior. … Letterwinner in track and wrestling. … Class 3A state champion in discus and shot put as a junior.

The thoughts

Coach Kirk Ferentz on the Iowa linemen in this year’s class:

“They fit the profile we were looking for. We’ve had them in camps and had a chance to work with them which is a nice thing, a luxury for us to be able to coach guys. … We liked everything about their profiles and we think those guys have a really good chance to be good offensive players for us.’’

Coach Kirk Ferentz on Tristan Wirfs cutting down from 325 in football to 285 pounds for wrestling this season:

“I think he got recruited by his teammate and his coach or something. I thought it might take some sort of an amputation that was going to be impossible. It’s amazing that he’s lost that weight. For a guy to have that discipline, a big guy like that, that’s impressive.’’

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Returning depth

Starters: LT Boone Myers, senior; LG Keegan Render, junior; C James Daniels, junior; RG Sean Welsh, senior; RT Ike Boettger, senior

Reserves: LG Ross Reynolds, junior; C Lucas LeGrand, junior; RG Levi Paulsen, sophomore; RT Dalton Ferguson, junior

2016 signings

Cole Banwart, redshirt freshman

Alaric Jackson, redshirt freshman

Spencer Williams, redshirt freshman

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