IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa Recruiting Coordinator Seth Wallace met with the local media here on Wednesday to discuss the Hawkeyes’ pursuit of prospects.
Wallace stressed the importance of Iowa being more aggressive in connecting with prospects earlier in the process. It allows the Hawkeyes extend more offers.
"We’ve recognized that we can get into areas and have success and draw interest, but the biggest thing is being able to get ahead of the curve, which is probably the biggest change, just how aggressively we’ve been on the front end of things," Wallace said.
In the 2016, the Hawkeyes, to date, have two verbal commitments – Quarterback Nate Stanley and Toren Young, a running back, both from Wisconsin.
"There’s no red flags going up right now that we’ve got X amount of commitments versus what other programs have, but the way that we’re measuring it is in conversations that we’ve had with these young men, their parents, opportunities to be around them, having them here on campus during the months of January and February, and then as we’ve moved into March and April, having them here for spring practice, the opportunity to spend significant time with them is really how we’re measuring it because it still goes back to relationships. Nobody is going to make a decision without having those relationships built," Wallace said.
"We’re, again, ahead of the curve or are moving a little bit faster than we have in the past, but it’s allowed us to build significant relationships with some of these guys."
Wallace didn’t reveal how the scholarship distribution by position might unfold in the ’16 cycle. He did say that he expected the final number for the entire group to end up in the low to mid-20s.
You can read everything Wallace had to say in the complete transcript, found here.