Iowa Football lost sophomore receivers Keagan Johnson (Kansas State) and Arland Bruce IV to the transfer portal this week. The Hawkeyes have been working on replenishing the position through the portal and the prep ranks.
A target in the former group officially visited them this weekend. Hillsdale College wideout Issac TeSlaa felt great about the stop.
“(Head) coach (Kirk) Ferentz and the whole coaching staff was extremely welcoming and informative,” TeSlaa told HF. “I also enjoyed my time hanging out with the players on the team and getting a feel for that, too.”
TeSlaa (6-4, 200) was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year this fall as a redshirt sophomore. He hauled in 68 passes for 1,325 yards and 13 touchdowns for Hillsdale, located in his home-state of Michigan. The school sent Iowa former defensive end Zach VanValkenburg, who became an all-Big Ten performer.
You may have heard. Iowa needs help at receiver. If you watch TeSlaa’s film, you see that he would boost the corps.
Thinking about the ’23 Hawkeye offense elicits intrigue if more changes are made. One difference we already know about is Michigan transfer quarterback Cade McNamara announcing last week that he’d be joining the roster.
McNamara is helping the coaches recruit. He wants more talent around him.
“We hung out briefly on Friday night,” TeSlaa told HF. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get to connect on Saturday because his visit was done.
“We didn’t talk about anything too noteworthy. We just hung out with a group of guys on the team. I’m glad we got a chance to connect, though.”
TeSlaa is impressed with what Iowa offers academically as well.
“I’ll be studying Exercise Science,” he said.
Iowa State played host to him last weekend. He also reported offers from Oklahoma State and Houston.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to visit anywhere else yet, and I’m not positive when I’ll make my decision; sometime before break ends, obviously,” TeSlaa said.