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  06/22/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2024, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  Iowa's Jack Campbell the type of fundamental linebacker prospect that always seems to be around the football. From a productivity standpoint, there are few that do it better than the Hawkeyes star. In 2021, he had an eye-popping 143 total tackles with eight pass deflections and two interceptions. Given the fact that was his first year as a consistent starter, he could put up comparable numbers in 2022 and become a can't miss prospect. Beyond the stat sheet, he has prototypical middle linebacker size at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and above average coverage skills, to boot. - Hawk Central

(DS#1 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB Jack CampbellIowa
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  06/10/22 - Aaron GravesFr/2026, Iowa, 6-3, 260 (DS#20 DT) + More +

  Incoming Iowa football freshman Aaron Graves' list of accolades has already solidified him as one of the best athletes in state history. On Wednesday, he received an honor that put him in a class of his own. Graves was named the MaxPreps Male Athlete of the Year nationally. Graves joins a list of past winners that include NFL superstars Derrick Henry, Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray and NBA players Lonzo Ball and Jalen Sugges. Graves is the first Iowan to win the award.

A quick glance at his resume explains why he was the recipient. Graves is a four-sport athlete at Southeast Valley High School. He's the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,356 points), all-time leader in shot put in track and field (52 feet, 2 inches) and is a two-time district champion and two-time fourth-place finisher in the state wrestling finals. In his primary sport, football, Graves led Southeast Valley to the state championship as an All-American two-way lineman. With his most notable high school award in hand, Graves will officially enroll at Iowa this weekend and will look to crack the Hawkeyes' defensive line rotation as a freshman. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#20 DT) Fr/2026 DT Aaron GravesIowa
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  06/07/22 - *Dallas ClarkJr/2003, Iowa, 6-3, 257 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  Two former Iowa football players from could soon be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. Tight end Dallas Clark and offensive tackle Robert Gallery are candidates on the 2023 ballot, the National Football Foundation announced Monday. Clark at first played linebacker at Iowa before switching to tight end for his last two years, recording 1,281 receiving yards and 81 receptions.

Gallery was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2003 and selected with the second overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Clark and Gallery played in some of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz's first successful seasons - the 2001 team that won the Alamo Bowl and the 2002 team that went 8-0 in Big Ten play and earned a trip to the Orange Bowl. Iowa is one of seven Big Ten schools to have multiple former players as candidates on this year's ballot, joining Wisconsin, Penn State, Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue. - The Gazette


(DS#1 TE) Jr/2003 TE *Dallas ClarkIowa
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  06/01/22 - Arland Bruce IVSo/2025, Iowa, 5-09, 193 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Within Iowa's offense, one of the biggest storylines last fall was the emergence of two true freshman receivers: Arland Bruce IV and Keagan Johnson. The early enrollees impressed early and began playing heavily by mid-year. Copeland said this spring that both have proven to be good players, but now it's time for them to become great. "Good versus great, that's the conversation we're always having in our room," Copeland said. "A good player does the right thing most of the time. But if you want to be a great player, someone that teams are always aware of, then there's certain things you have to do better. We're always focusing on that and particularly with those two young men." There's opportunity for Bruce to be a breakout, multi-dimensional weapon for Iowa, similar to Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers. He finished fourth on the Hawkeyes in receptions (25) while three of his four total touchdowns were on rushing plays. Overall, he rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries. Copeland said the next step for him is mastering his route-running. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#999 WR) So/2025 WR Arland Bruce IVIowa
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  05/31/22 - Kaleb JohnsonFr/2026, Iowa, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Kaleb Johnson is approaching the long-awaited June 12 date with growing excitement. That's the day the Iowa football incoming freshman running back will finally arrive on campus. It's a date that's been circled since he signed with the program last December. Depending on where you look, Johnson is a three- or four-star recruit in Iowa's 2022 signing class. The Ohio native hasn't participated in any other sport since signing, devoting all of his time to making sure he's ready from the moment he enrolls. "I've been working out every day focusing on football," Johnson said. "(Running back coach Ladell Betts) gave me a workout plan, but my trainer is mixing in his own thing with coach Betts' stuff, so it's like both." The scope of these workouts is focused on improving Johnson's hip flexibility and quickness.

He's different than the running backs that Iowa's had in recent years. Betts said as much about the 6-foot-1, 216-pound prospect when his signing became official. "In recent years we haven't had a 'big' running back in the program," Betts said in a statement. "Kaleb brings a physical presence to the running back room with his size and speed and should be a great addition to an already talented group." He believes he'll be a perfect fit in Iowa's zone running scheme given his playing style. "I think I'm going to be the best at doing it," Johnson said. "Their scheme is what I really love running: through the holes and also to the outside. I feel like their running scheme will make me superb when I get there. And their offensive line, they're all just big. I feel like I can maneuver through them, so it's going to be pretty cool." - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#999 RB) Fr/2026 RB Kaleb JohnsonIowa
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  05/26/22 - Olando TraderFr/2026, Iowa, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  A member of Iowa football's 2022 recruiting class announced Wednesday he won't be joining the team as planned in June. Defensive back Olando Trader, a three-star signee from Jackson, Michigan, announced he's re-opening his recruitment via his Twitter account. Trader held offers from Iowa, Central Michigan, Nebraska and Vanderbilt. He was committed to Central Michigan until he flipped his commitment to Iowa before the early signing period in December. Trader joined Koen Entringer, TJ Hall, Deshaun Lee and Xavier Nwankpa as the five defensive back signees in the class. Hall and Nwnakpa early enrolled in January and have already made an impression on the coaching staff. Elsewhere, Iowa has 12 scholarship defensive backs on the roster. Iowa's 2022 recruiting class was ranked No. 38 nationally according to 247sports. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#999 CB) Fr/2026 CB Olando TraderIowa
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  05/26/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2024, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: JACK CAMPBELL, LB, Iowa, Jr., 6-5, 243, Cedar Falls, Ia.; Led nation in tackles with 143 in 2021; Dean's List; Iowa Leadership team. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#1 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB Jack CampbellIowa
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  05/24/22 - Riley MossrJr/2024, Iowa, 6-0, 194 (DS#25 CB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: RILEY MOSS, DB, Iowa, Sr., 6-1, 194, Ankeny, Ia.; Sporting News All-American; 10 career interceptions, 3 for touchdowns; Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2021. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#25 CB) rJr/2024 CB Riley MossIowa
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  05/19/22 - Dimitri StanleyrJr/2024, Iowa, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former University of Colorado wide receiver Dimitri Stanley officially signed with Iowa State football on Wednesday. Stanley entered the transfer portal on January 21 and shared in March that he would join the Cyclones, but wasn't signed to the program until May. When he announced his decision in January, he became the 21st player from Colorado to enter the transfer portal since last September. The Colorado native dealt with a lower body injury during the 2021 season but led the Buffaloes in receiving yards during the shortened 2020 season.

He started eight games in his redshirt freshman season and was on the watch list for Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. A three-star recruit and the No. 3 prospect in Colorado coming out of high school, Iowa State was one of a dozen schools that originally offered Stanley. The Cyclones were one of the first four teams that showed serious interest in Stanley, offering him the same day as Colorado in 2017. Stanley will be a redshirt senior in 2022 with two years of eligibility remaining but will need to compete with Xavier Hutchinson for playing time. - Des Moines Register


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Dimitri StanleyIowa
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  05/19/22 - Aaron GravesFr/2026, Iowa, 6-3, 260 (DS#20 DT) + More +

  Athletically, Graves is one of the most prolific to come out of Iowa in recent memory. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, he made a name as a dominant two-way lineman for Southeast Valley High. He'll play defensive line for the Hawkeyes and his football resume includes two All-Iowa Elite team selections by the Des Moines Register. This fall, he led the way to Southeast Valley's first state championship in 2021. But that's not all. Graves is a four-sport athlete. He's the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,356 points), all-time leader in shot put in track and field (52 feet, 2 inches) and is a two-time district champion and two-time fourth place finisher in the state wrestling finals.

Graves committed to Iowa in 2019 as a freshman and never wavered. He's the second-highest rated prospect in their 2022 class as a four-star recruit and the No. 128 player in the country, according to 247sports. His short recruitment closed the door on other likely Power 5 offers. Graves was never in the attention that with being a major recruit. He approached the recruiting process with the same business-like approach that he does in the classroom. "I could be a two-star or a five-star and I don't think it would change how good I really am to myself," Graves said. "My buddies always tell me that I could've went on all of these visits around the country and it's like, "Yeah, but I knew where I wanted to go since I was young so I didn't see the need to waste my time or any coaches' time." "I committed (to Iowa) right then when I go the offer and didn't look back." - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#20 DT) Fr/2026 DT Aaron GravesIowa
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  05/17/22 - Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  LaPorta's much-anticipated senior year will involve a new position coach. Abdul Hodge joined Iowa's staff in March as tight ends coach after offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz moved from tight ends to quarterbacks. LaPorta sees qualities in Hodge that "we can all strive to do a little bit more." "He's analyzing things all the time, picking my brain," LaPorta said. "I pick his brain as well. He's a guy that sets his ego aside. He never lets his pride get in the way. If he needs to ask a question … he's willing to do that."

Hodge, who played and coached at linebacker, has brought some of his defensive expertise to the offense. "As an older guy, I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of the offense and the scheme that we're trying to run," LaPorta said, "so getting input from him as to what the defense is trying to do to stop us I think has helped me understand our defense." At the same time, LaPorta has plenty of respect from Hodge. "The transition that I think he's going to take now is a transition to be also a great leader on our team," Hodge said in March. "He's got his head down. He's working on a consistent basis to get better. He's really conscious of little details." - The Gazette


(DS#2 TE) Sr/2023 TE Sam LaPortaIowa
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  05/06/22 - Gavin WilliamsrSo/2025, Iowa, 5-11, 211 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: RB Gavin Williams, sophomore. He looks ready to take over for Tyler Goodson, who declared for the NFL draft after leading the Hawkeyes in rushing three straight years. Williams' playing time increased the second half of the season and he ran for 98 yards on 16 carries against Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. - AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Gavin WilliamsIowa
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  04/24/22 - Leshon WilliamsrSo/2025, Iowa, 5-09, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  After two years of waiting, Iowa sophomore running back Leshon Williams received his opportunity in the last game of the Hawkeyes' 2021 season. With regular starter Tyler Goodson opting out of the Citrus Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft and senior backup Ivory Kelly-Martin battling injury, Williams stepped into a feature role for the first time in his career. Williams only had 10 career carries prior to that. He finished the game with 10 carries for 42 yards. Overall, Iowa rushed for 175 yards and 5.8 yards per carry in their 20-17 loss.

He's expecting a lot more work to come his way in 2022. "I processed (Goodson opting out) as an opportunity," Williams said. "Getting a lot more reps help. There's nothing like being in a game and seeing a blitz full speed. Just me getting into the bowl game and getting a lot more experience is going to help because now I have a game under my belt and I got a feel of the speed of the game and how it goes." Williams is squarely in the mix for Iowa's starting running back competition as spring practice nears a close. He and fellow sophomore Gavin Williams are the top two running backs returning this season with redshirt freshman Deavin Hilson behind them. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Leshon WilliamsIowa
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  04/22/22 - Spencer PetrasrSr/2023, Iowa, 6-5, 233 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Petras earned an invite to be a counselor at the annual Manning Passing Academy, a prestigious summer football camp for middle and high school athletes playing offensive skill positions. Past quarterbacks to attend the Manning Passing Academy as counselors include Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence, Jordan Love and Iowa's Nate Stanley. The academy - led by former NFL quarterbacks Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, among others, and located in Thibodaux, La. - has announced the first 16 quarterbacks to work the camp so far. Other quarterbacks invited this year include Penn State's Sean Clifford, South Carolina's Spencer Rattler and LSU's Myles Brennan. - The Gazette

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2023 QB Spencer PetrasIowa
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  04/21/22 - Jermari HarrisrJr/2024, Iowa, 6-0, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Iowa cornerback Jermari Harris was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of operating while intoxicated. The arrest happened at 2:46 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Myrtle Avenue in Iowa City, according to the Iowa City Police Department. The officer said Harris, who was driving a 2015 red Dodge Dart, was stopped for driving without headlights and had bloodshot eyes, impaired speech and balance and "smelled of ingested alcohol." Harris admitted he had been drinking, the officer said. His blood alcohol concentration was 0.096 percent, according to a Datamaster result in the police complaint. The legal limit for driving in Iowa is 0.08 percent. An Iowa football team spokesman said the athletics department will follow "normal procedures," and Harris is subject to the rules and regulations in department's student-athlete code of conduct. - The Gazette

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2024 CB Jermari HarrisIowa
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