The breakdown

  • Iowa addressed needs at defensive back and wide receiver. Ten of its 22 recruits the Hawkeyes signed are listed at one or the other position. The group includes five defensive backs, four receivers and one player who could help in either area. Trey Creamer, an all-state performer who played cornerback, running back and receiver in high school, was recruited as an athlete. Creamer ran for 711 yards and caught 37 passes for 538 yards last fall.
  • Kyshaun Bryan and Ivory Kelly-Martin bring different styles to the table as running backs. At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, Bryan is a more physical back who rushed for 737 yards at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, while the 5-11, 195-pound Kelly-Martin is more shifty. He rushed 1,360 yards and 22 scores and caught 19 passes for 287 yards at Oswego East.
  • Wide receiver Max Cooper caught 50 passes for 1,024 yards, but is also a letterwinner in basketball, baseball, lacrosse and track at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, where he was part of a state champion 400-meter relay in 2016.
  • In addition to owning the Illinois 3A state discus record with a throw of 205 feet, 11 inches, defensive end recruit A.J. Epenesa also has topped 1,000 career points in basketball.
  • The final player to sign with Iowa, New Jersey receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, is a distant cousin of Queen Latifah.
  • Defensive back recruit Cam Harrell recorded five interceptions as a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School, where he holds a school record with 44 touchdowns.
  • Daviyon Nixon, one of six players Iowa signed who flipped commitments from other programs this week, forced nine fumbles over the past two years as a defensive end at Indian Trail High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • The Hawkeyes signed players from 10 states. Six in-state players signed with Iowa while four players from Illinois, three from Wisconsin and two each from Florida and Texas signed on the bottom line Wednesday.
  • Receiver Brandon Smith caught 80 passes for 1,509 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team all-state honors in Mississippi.
  • Bettendorf linebacker Keegan Glaus is among 11 preferred walk-ons Iowa announced Wednesday.

Coach speak

Kirk Ferentz: "We're always looking for better ways to evaluate and the more information you get, the better things will be. It's challenging and attrition is our enemy. One thing I know is a guy can't play his best, can't graduate if he isn't here. We're looking for guys who can run the whole race.''

Best in class


Trey Creamer;3;ATH;6-0;175;Cartersville, Ga.

First-team all-state pick will get first look at CB at Iowa

A.J. Epenesa;5;DE;6-5;270;Edwardsville, Ill.

Consensus top-30 recruit, Iowa’s first five-star since 2005

Mark Kallenberger;3;OL;6-6;260;Bettendorf

Ranked by as third-best prospect in Iowa

Peyton Mansell;3;QB;6-3;210;Belton, Texas

Threw for 2,526 yds, 33 TDs, ran for 1,134 yds in ‘16

Tristan Wirfs;4;OL;6-5;315;Mount Vernon, Iowa

Joined Epenesa in excelling at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Rest of the class


Kyshaun Bryan;RB;3;5-10;210;Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Djimon Colbert;3;DB;6-1;215;Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Jacob Coons;3;TE;6-3;220;Solon, Iowa

Max Cooper;2;WR;6-0;175;Waukesha, Wis.

Levi Duwa;3;DE;6-3;235;Kalona, Iowa

Ryan Gersonde;2;P/K;6-4;185;Milwaukee

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Matt Hankins;3;DB;6-1;175;Lewisville, Texas

Camron Harrell;3;DB;5-10;181;Bourbonnais, Ill.

Ivory Kelly-Martin;3;RB;5-11;195;Plainfield, Ill.

Coy Kirkpatrick;3;OL;6-5;275;Madrid, Iowa

Henry Marchese;2;WR;6-3;190;Vernon Hills, Ill.

Daviyon Nixon;3;DE;6-5;290;Kenosha, Wis.

Brandon Smith;3;WR;6-3;205;Lake Cormorant, Miss.

Ihmir Smith-Marsette;3;WR;6-2;175;Newark, N.J.

Geno Stone;2;DB;6-0;195;New Castle, Pa.

Josh Turner;3;DB;6-0;180;Delray Beach, Fla.

Nate Wieland;2;LB;6-1;220;Iowa City