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SigneePosHtWtHometown (School)Video
Mick EllisK5-10180 Allen, Texas (Lovejoy)Video
Jalen EmbryDB6-0184Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)Video
Terrence HarrisDE6-3250Englewood, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)Video
Parker HesseLB6-3215Waukon, Iowa (Waukon)Video
C.J. HilliardRB5-10185Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)Video
Josh JacksonDB 6-1175Lake Dallas, Texas (Lake Dallas)Video
Marcel JolyDB5-11180 Hyattsville, Md. (Forestville)Video
Dillon KiddP6-1210Deerfield Beach, Fla. (El Camino CC)Video
Lucas LeGrandOL6-5260Dubuque, Iowa (Senior)Video
Aaron MendsLB6-0200Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka)Video
Matt NelsonDE6-8255Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)Video
Ben NiemannLB6-3205Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore)Video
Jameer OutseyLB6-3225Somerset, N.J. (Franklin)Video
Keegan RenderOL6-4315Indianola, Iowa (Indianola)Video
Jay ScheelWR6-1180Mount Auburn, Iowa (Union)Video
Markel SmithRB5-11210Kirkwood, Mo. (St. John Vianney)Video
Miles TaylorDB6-0185Washington, D.C. (Gonzaga)Video
Omar TruittDB5-11180Fort Washington, Md. (St. John's College)Video
Tyler WiegersQB6-4215Lake Orion, Mich. (Country Day)Video

Logo Mick Ellis Edge
K | 5-10 | 180 | Allen, Texas (Lovejoy)
 

   
High school honors -- Earned second team all-state honors as a junior... Career -- connected on 13-of-17 field goals as a junior, including kicks of 53, 52 and 49 yards... had 34 touchbacks.

Personal -- Born May 26, 1995... open major... parents are Jennifer and Matt Ellis... high school coach was Matt Green.


Headlines

Texas kicker gives Iowa 10th commitment for '14 (The Gazette)

Ellis finds perfect fit in Hawkeyes (ESPN.com)

Texas kicker picks Hawks sight unseen (Hawk Central)

Hawks add Texas kicker (Rivals.com)


Logo Jalen Embry Edge
DB | 6-0 | 184 | Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
 

   
High school honors -- Named first team all-state by Detroit Free Press as a senior... first team all-metro by Detroit News... first team all-city by Detroit News and Free Press... first team all-city and second team all-state as a junior... Career -- played defensive back and wide receiver, along with returning kicks on special teams... 28 tackles and four interceptions as a senior... recorded 53 receptions for 1,026 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense as a senior... 32 tackles and five interceptions as a junior... 22 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns as a junior... team captain as a junior and senior as team posted two-year mark of 19-6... also competes in sprints and high jump for prep track team.

Personal -- Born March 14, 1996... criminal justice major... mother is Lilchell Arnold... high school coach was Dale Harvel.


Headlines

Michigan CB is commit No. 15 (The Gazette)

Detroit defensive back commits to Iowa (Hawk Central)

Logo Terrence Harris Edge
DE |6-3| 250 | Englewood, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)
 

   

High school honors -- Earned first team all-conference, all-county and all-state honors as a senior... second team all-conference as a junior...Career -- three-year letterman at defensive end... helped prep team post a 10-2 record in both junior and senior years, winning state title both years... collected 82 tackles as a senior, with six sacks and two forced fumbles... recorded 80 tackles as a junior, with 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and one touchdown.

Personal -- Born Aug. 2, 1996... open major... mother is Kimberly Harris... high school coach was Chris Partridge.


Headlines

Terrence Harris of Paramus Catholic commits to Iowa (NJ.com)

PC star commits to Iowa (NorthJersey.com)

New Jersey DE makes it 11 for the Hawkeyes (The Gazette)

Logo Parker Hesse Edge
LB | 6-3 | 215 | Waukon, Iowa (Waukon)
 

   
High school honors -- First team all-state by Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association as a senior... second team all-state as a junior... named district MVP on offense as a senior... first team all-district in final three years as a prep... selected to participate in Iowa Shrine Game... Career -- helped prep team post a 21-5 mark his last two seasons, winning two playoff games as a junior and advancing to state title game as a senior... scored 334 career points on offense... recorded 59 tackles as a senior, with three sacks and two interceptions... completed 93-of-153 pass attempts for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing 173 times for 1,273 yards and 23 touchdowns... averaged 40.6 yards per punt as a senior... recorded 74 tackles as a junior, with 12 tackles for loss, one sack and two interceptions... on offense rushed 121 times for 1,174 yards and 17 touchdowns, while completing 22-of-42 passes for 450 yards and four scores... recorded 71 tackles as a sophomore, with two sacks and one interception... completed 13-of-22 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing 41 times for 205 yards and four touchdowns... team captain as a senior... earned three letters in football while playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive end... four-year letterman in basketball, baseball and track... starter on baseball team that reached state tournament as a freshman... qualified for state track meet as a sophomore and junior.

Personal -- Born May 26, 1995, in LaCrosse, Wis... biology major... parents are Marcia and Perry Hesse... member of National Honor Society... high school coach was Chad Beerman.


Headlines

Linebacker Parker Hesse commits to Iowa (Hawk Central)

Waukon linebacker commits to Hawkeyes (The Gazette)

Waukon's Parker Hesse named KCRG-TV9 Athlete of the Week (KCRG.com)

Logo C.J. Hilliard Edge
RB | 5-10| 185 | Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
 

   
High school honors -- Earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and senior... Career -- four-year letterman as running back and defensive back, helping prep team reach state playoffs four straight years... recorded 40 tackles in six games as a senior, while rushing for 350 yards and four touchdowns... as a junior rushed for 650 yards and 10 touchdowns, with 200 receiving yards and one touchdown... rushed for 450 yards as a sophomore and 250 yards as a freshman... team captain as a senior... also earned two letters in both baseball and track.

Personal -- Born Aug. 19, 1995... business major... parents are Dianne and Carl Hilliard... high school coach was Steve Specht.


Headlines

Iowa lands Ohio RB for 2014 class (The Gazette)

St. Xavier 2014 running back C.J. Hilliard verbally commits to Iowa (Cinncinati.com)

Ohio running back commits to Iowa over Indiana (Hawk Central)

Running back Hilliard commits to Hawkeyes (QC Times)

Logo Josh Jackson Edge
DB | 6-1 | 175 | Lake Dallas, Texas (Lake Dallas)
 

   
High school honors -- Earned all-district honors... Career -- team captain as a senior while playing both wide receiver and defensive back... helped team reach second round of state playoffs as a junior... as a senior receiver collected 24 receptions for 485 yards and nine touchdowns... also participated in basketball and track, qualifying for state track meet in the triple jump as a junior.

Personal -- Born April 3, 1996... physical therapy major... parents are Vanessa and Paul Jackson... high school coach was Michael Young.


Headlines

Texas corner picks Hawkeyes (The Gazette)

Hawkeyes scoop up Texas cornerback (Hawk Central)

Falcons' Jackson commits to Iowa (Denton Record-Chronicle)

Logo Marcel Joly Edge
DB |5-11 | 180 | Hyattsville, Md. (Forestville)
 

   
High school honors -- Was team Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and Freshman of the Year as a freshman... Career -- played running back and defensive back, along with being used on both kickoff and punt returns... rushed 39 times for 493 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, with 13 solo tackles on defense... recorded 127 rushing attempts for 833 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, with 23 tackles on defense... had 42 rushing attempts for 278 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore... team captain as a junior and senior... also competed in sprints and hurdle events for prep track team.

Personal -- Born Oct. 7, 1995, in Haiti... criminal justice major... parents are Jeanne Basille and Jules Joly... member of prep Honor Roll... high school coach was Charles Harley.

Headlines

Forestville DB Marcel Joly commits to Iowa (Washington Post)

Forestville DB Marcel Joly puts family before football recruiting frenzy (Washington Post)

Maryland corner secures spot with Iowa (The Gazette)

Maryland prep commits to Hawks (Hawk Central)

Forestville football player commits to Big Ten's Iowa (The Sentinel)

Forestville player introduces mom to football (Gazette.Net)

Logo Dillon Kidd Edge
P | 6-1| 210 | Deerfield Beach, Fla. (El Camino CC)
 

   
Hawk-Item --Enrolled for spring classes in Jan., 2014... originally attended Florida State for two years as a walk-on.

Junior College --Earned all-conference honors at El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif., in 2013, averaging 38.2 yards on 50 punts in one season... had a season-long of 58 yards, with 18 punts inside the 20 and 12 punts resulting in a fair catch... junior college coach was John Featherstone.

High school honors -- Earned All-Broward/Dade County honors as a punter and linebacker... Career --played linebacker as a prep in addition to his punting duties and holding for placements.

Personal -- Born June 14, 1991, in San Diego, Calif... business major... parents are Heidi Kidd and John Kidd... his father, John, punted in the NFL for 16 seasons with Buffalo, San Diego, Miami and New York Jets... brother Garrett is wide receiver at Miami (Fla.).


Headlines

Iowa adds JUCO punter (The Gazette)

Connor Kornbrath to get challenge at punter next season from juco transfer (Hawk Central)


Logo Lucas LeGrand Edge
OL |6-5 | 260 | Dubuque, Iowa (Senior)
 

   
High school honors -- Named first team all-state and all-conference as a senior... team Most Valuable Player as a senior... second team all-conference as a junior... Career -- Three-year letterman as offensive and defensive lineman... helped prep team advance to state playoffs as a senior... recorded 63 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one interception as a senior... 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception as a junior... team captain as a senior... earned three letters in track and basketball, and one letter in baseball... helped prep basketball team reach state tournament as a junior.

Personal -- Born Oct. 4, 1995... open major... parents are Kelly and Mark LeGrand... high school coach was Dale Ploessl.


Headlines

Iowa adds another in-state talent (Times-Republican)

Logo Aaron Mends Edge
LB | 6-0 | 200 | Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka)
 

   
High school honors -- First team all-conference and all-state as a senior... first team all-conference, second team all-metro and third team all-state as a junior... first team all-conference and first team all-district as a sophomore... Career -- career totals include 210 tackles on defense, with 1,790 rushing yards, 140 receiving yards and 29 total touchdowns... recorded 50 tackles as a senior, with 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, with one forced fumble and a pass break-up... rushed 69 times for 285 yards and five touchdowns, while collecting six receptions for 28 yards... collected 74 tackles as a junior, including 38 solo and 36 assists, with 7.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one pass break-up and one blocked kick... rushed 131 times for 758 yards and 14 touchdowns... as a sophomore collected 60 tackles, including 30 solo and 30 assists, with six tackles for loss and three sacks, with one forced fumble... rushed 125 times for 747 yards and nine touchdowns and collected 26 tackles as a freshman... team captain as a junior and senior.

Personal -- Born Oct. 13, 1995... health science major... parents are Anne and Othello Mends... high school coach was Sterling Edwards.


Headlines

KC LB makes it 12 for the Hawkeyes (The Gazette)

Mends is a late bloomer - and a boomer - at Winnetonka (Kansas City Star)

Logo Matt Nelson Edge
DE| 6-8 | 255 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)
 

   
High school honors -- Named to Elite All-State team as a senior and first team all-state as a junior... first team all-conference as a senior and second team all-conference as a junior... selected for Iowa Shrine Bowl... Career -- two-year letterman as defensive end and tight end... helped prep team post two-year record of 25-2 while reaching Class 4-A state title game in consecutive years... recorded 43 tackles as a senior, with 13 tackles for loss and nine sacks... collected 47 tackles as a junior, with 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks... recorded 13 receptions for 146 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, with 14 receptions for 162 yards and eight scores as a junior... team captain as a senior... three-year basketball letterman.

Personal -- Born Dec. 19, 1995... biology major... mother is Julie Palmer and father is Jay Nelson... Academic All-State... four-year member of prep Honor Roll... high school coach was Duane Schulte.


Headlines

Xavier's Nelson suddenly a man in demand in two sports (Iowa Prep Sports)

Xavier's Nelson picks Iowa over Notre Dame and Stanford (Hawk Central)

Personal approach helps Hawkeyes land Nelson (The Gazette)

Dr. Matt Nelson picks the Hawkeyes (MetroSportsReport.com)

Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end latest to commit to Hawkeyes (Waterloo Courier)


Logo Ben Niemann Edge
LB | 6-3 | 205 | Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore)
 

   
High school honors -- Earned first team all-state, all-conference and all-area honors as a senior... named team and conference Most Valuable Player and MVP of all-area team... first team all-state, all-conference and all-area as a junior... first team all-conference and all-area as a sophomore... Career -- earned three letters as wide receiver and strong safety... helped prep team reach second round of playoffs as a sophomore and junior... team won conference title and advanced to state semifinals as a senior with a 12-1 record... recorded 78 tackles as a senior... also had 45 receptions for 1,050 yards 15 touchdowns, along with two punt return touchdowns... 60 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, with 53 receptions for 884 yards and 13 touchdowns... as a sophomore recorded 51 receptions for 734 yards and seven touchdowns... team captain as a junior and senior... also two-year letterman in basketball, earning all-conference honors.

Personal -- Born July 27, 1995, in Des Moines, Iowa... education major... parents are Lou Ann and Jay Niemann... member of prep Honor Roll... high school coach was Joe Ryan.


Headlines

Newest Hawkeye recruit leaves father's program behind (QC Times)

Illinois OLB gives the Hawkeyes No. 12 (The Gazette)

Niemann makes the switch to Iowa (ESPN.com)

Niemann decides to become a Hawkeye (Waterloo Courier)

Logo Jameer Outsey Edge
LB | 6-3 | 225 | Somerset, N.J. (Franklin)
 

   
High school honors -- First team all-area as outside linebacker as a senior... first team all-area as outside linebacker and tight end as a junior... third team all-conference as a sophomore... Career -- three-year starter as defensive end, linebacker and tight end... helped prep team reach first round of state playoffs as a sophomore and second round as a junior... recorded 51 tackles as a senior, with 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception return for a touchdown… had 13 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns on offense... collected 44 tackles as a junior, with nine tackles for loss and five sacks, to go with 223 yards on 15 receptions... 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception as a sophomore, along with three receptions for 42 yards... team captain as a senior... also competed for prep basketball team.

Personal -- Born Sept. 9, 1996... criminal justice major... mother is Wendie Barnes... high school coach was Lou Solomon.


Headlines

The Hawkeyes get a 'Kick!' with LB Outsey (The Gazette)

Outsey's move bolsters defense (Asbury Park Press)

Logo Keegan Render Edge
OL | 6-4 | 315 | Indianola, Iowa (Indianola)
 

   
High school honors -- Named to Elite All-State first team as a junior and senior... first team all-state as a senior by Iowa Newspaper Association... Most Valuable Offensive Lineman four straight years... first team all-conference three straight years after earning honorable mention as a freshman... Career -- four-year football letterman as offensive and defensive lineman... helped prep team reach state playoffs in 3-of-4 seasons... recorded 21 tackles as a senior, with 10 tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery... 34 tackles as a junior, including 14 tackles for loss and four sacks... 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and one interception as a freshman... played right tackle on offense four straight seasons... team captain as a senior... also earned three letters in track and one in basketball, while also competing for prep baseball team.

Personal -- Born Nov. 23, 1995... open major... parents are Karen and Terry Render... earned three academic letters as a prep... high school coach was Eric Kluver.


Headlines

Indianola's Render picks the Hawkeyes (The Gazette)

Indianola offensive lineman commits to Iowa (Hawk Central)

Iowa continues to collect top in-state football recruits (QC Times)

Logo Jay Scheel Edge
WR | 6-1 | 180 | Mount Auburn, Iowa (Union)
 

   
High school honors -- Earned first team all-state honors as a junior and second team honors as a senior... all-district first team as a junior and senior... second team all-district as a sophomore... Career -- three-year letterman as quarterback and wide receiver... helped prep team post 12-2 record as a sophomore while claiming the state title... holds school record for touchdown passes in a game... as a senior completed 106-of-193 pass attempts for 1,650 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing 122 times for 493 yards and seven touchdowns... as a junior completed 92-of-149 attempts for 1,593 yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,291 yards and 20 touchdowns on 129 attempts... as a sophomore completed 80-of-141 attempts for 1,334 yards and 12 touchdowns, which rushing 75 times for 548 yards and five scores... team captain as a senior... also lettered in basketball and track...earned all-state honors in basketball... placed eighth in long jump at state track meet as a freshman.

Personal -- Born May 12, 1996... biology major... parents are Dianne and David Scheel... three-year member of prep Honor Roll... named to All-Academic team three straight years... high school coach was Joe Hadachek.


Headlines

Union's Scheel becomes third Iowa commit for '14 (The Gazette)

Iowa football lands another 2014 in-state recruit (Hawk Central)

Scheel commit gives Hawkeyes another big fish in 2014 (QC Times)

Union's Scheel commits to Iowa (Waterloo Courier)


Logo Markel Smith Edge
RB | 5-11 | 210 | Kirkwood, Mo. (St. John Vianney)
 

   
High school honors --Named first team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference as both junior and senior . . . named St. Louis area and Metro Catholic Conference offensive Player of the Year . . . conference offensive Player of the Year as a junior . . . first team all-conference as a sophomore . . . Career -- four-year letterman at running back . . . ranks second all-time in rushing yards in state of Missouri (7,144 yards) . . . set Missouri single game rushing record with 541 yards (42 attempts) . . . holds school records for single-season and career rushing yards, along with points in a season . . . 344 rushing attempts for 2,416 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior, with nine receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns . . . rushed for 2,520 yards and 28 touchdowns on 341 attempts as a junior . . . 206 rushing attempts for 1,498 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore . . . team captain as a senior as team reached district championship game.

Personal -- Born 10/10/95 . . . open major . . . parents are Alma and Jimmie Smith . . . Earned Second Honors recognition as a senior . . . high school coach was Paul Day.


Headlines

Top football recruit Markel Smith commits to Iowa (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Recruited by Missouri, Vianney running back Markel Smith commits to Iowa (Kansas City Star)

Missouri RB commits to Hawkeyes (Hawk Central)

St. Louis RB makes it 16 for Iowa (The Gazette)

Record-setting running back Markel Smith verbals to Iowa (Muscatine Journal)

Football star Markel Smith chases legacies of legendary running backs (Parade)

Missouri RB commits to Hawkeyes (Waterloo Courier)


Logo Miles Taylor Edge
DB | 6-0 | 185 | Washington, D.C. (Gonzaga)
 

   
High school honors -- First team all-conference and all-metro as a senior... selected to compete in Chesapeake Bowl following senior year... second team all-conference and honorable mention all-metro as a junior... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore... Career -- three-year football starter and letterman... first player at high school to be two-time defensive MVP (junior and senior)... led team in tackles as a junior and senior... team advanced to state championship game as a junior... recorded 86 tackles, eight pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and one sack as a senior, along with three interceptions and one touchdowns... collected 85 tackles as a junior, with 11 pass break-ups, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions as a junior... recorded 35 tackles and six pass break-ups as a sophomore... team captain as a senior... also competed for prep basketball team.

Personal -- Born Dec. 14, 1995... open major... parents are Audrey and Chuck Taylor... 3.3 GPA as a prep... high school coach was Aaron Brady.


Headlines

Gonzaga's Miles Taylor flips football commitment (Washington Post)

Hawkeyes add two to football recruiting class (QC Times)

D.C. safety flips to Hawkeyes (The Gazette)

Logo Omar Truitt Edge
DB |5-11 | 180 | Fort Washington, Md. (St. John's College)
 

   
High school honors -- Earned first team all-state honors as a senior... first team all-conference and second team all-metro in Washington D.C. as a senior... second team all-conference as a junior... second team all-state and first team all-conference as a sophomore... Career -- four-year letterman as defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback, helping prep team reach state title game as a senior... team participated in conference playoffs four straight years... recorded 40 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and six interceptions and one touchdown on defense as a senior, along with six kickoff returns for 206 yards and one touchdown... recorded 21 tackles, four pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries as a junior... on offense rushed 20 times for 80 yards and had 243 yards and two scores on 19 receptions... also had 180 yards on 10 kickoff returns and four punt returns for 35 yards... recorded seven tackles as a sophomore along with 10 kickoff returns for 132 yards and three punt returns for 30 yards... on offense rushed 51 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns, had one passing touchdown and caught 15 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown... had 12 tackles on defense and five receptions for 53 yards on offense as a freshman... three-year track letterman.

Personal -- Born Feb. 23, 1996... open major... parents are Carla and Olanda Truitt... high school coach was Joe Patterson.


Headlines

D.C. prep Omar Truitt commits to Iowa before visiting campus (Hawk Central)

St. John's DB Omar Truitt commits to Iowa (Washington Post)

D.C. corner gives Iowa 4th 2014 commit (The Gazette)

Fort Washington football player commits to Iowa Hawkeyes (The Sentinel)

Logo Tyler Wiegers Edge
QB | 6-4 | 215 | Lake Orion, Mich. (Country Day)
 

   
High school honors -- Named all-state and All-Oakland County honorable mention as a junior and senior... selected to play in International Bowl for U-19 Team USA... Career -- three-year letterman at quarterback... led team to state playoffs as a sophomore, to state championship game at Ford Field as a junior and district championship as a senior... completed 122-of-192 pass attempts for 2,093 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, with 200 rushing yards... completed 173-of-285 attempts for 2,465 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior... completed over 62 percent of pass attempts in final two prep seasons... team captain as a junior and senior... also member of prep basketball team.

Personal -- Born March 31, 1995... open major... parents are Marci and Matt Wiegers... Magna Cum Laude as a sophomore and junior... Blue and Gold Club Scholar Athlete of the Year... Silver Medal winner and Magna Cum Laude winner on National Latin exam... high school coach was Dan MacLean.


Headlines

Iowa picks up 4-star QB Tyler Wiegers for '14 (The Gazette)

Tyler Wiegers headed to Iowa (NJ.com)

Hawkeyes land another four-star QB recruit in Wiegers (QC Times)

Country Day QB Tyler Wiegers eager for Big Ten opportunity (The Detroit News)

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