Here are 12 of the top football recruits taking official visits to the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend
Iowa football is about to host one of its biggest official visit weekends, and the recruits in Iowa City this weekend could shape Hawkeyes football for years to come.
For starts, five-star offensive tackle and the No. 1 player in Iowa, Kadyn Proctor, will headline the group after announcing last Friday that his recruitment was between the Hawkeyes and Alabama.
Iowa will also have several already committed players on campus. Alex Mota, Leighton Jones, Chase Brackney, John Nestor and Aidan Hall could all be beneficial in convincing other recruits to commit to the Hawkeyes this weekend and beyond.
But that’s getting ahead of things. Recruits aren’t even in Iowa City yet. Want to know who the biggest names on campus are this weekend?
Here are 12 of the top uncommitted players visiting Iowa football.
Kadyn Proctor, OT, Southeast Polk
Proctor should need little introduction, and there’s good reason the 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle will be the biggest recruit in Iowa City this weekend. Originally, Proctor had no plans of taking an official visit to Iowa since he has taken so many unofficial visits to the Iowa City campus, and was instead scheduled to visit Oregon this weekend. That all changed last Friday when the Southeast Polk star announced that Iowa and Alabama were his final two schools and he would take his final official visit with the Hawkeyes.
Between the two teams, the Hawkeyes were first in the door with Proctor. Iowa offered September 2020; Alabama offered April 2021. Proctor already took an official visit to Alabama a couple weeks ago, and this weekend’s visit could be the decision maker for the No. 10 recruit in the country, according to 247Sports.
Kendrick Gilbert, DL, Cathedral (Indiana)
The Hawkeyes currently have one defensive lineman committed in the 2023 class: Norwalk 3-star Maddux Borcherding-Johnson. Gilbert would be a huge get if his official weekend goes well. Iowa is one of Gilbert’s top teams — along with Kentucky, LSU and Purdue – and Iowa City is his third visit in as many weeks.
At 6-5, 250-pounds, Gilbert has a solid frame and moves well for his size. His speed and strength make him a threat from anywhere off the line, and he’s fully capable of rushing the passer, forcing a fumble or breaking up a pass on any given play.
Asa Newsom, ATH, Waverly-Shell Rock
Newsom — listed as an athlete but more likely projected at linebacker — is a priority in-state recruit for the Hawkeyes. He’s the No. 9 prospect on the Register’s 2023 rankings, and could be an early difference-maker. Newsom brings excellent vision to the game, and he couples that with high speed, making him an all-around nuisance for opposing offenses.
It’s been a busy couple weeks for Newsom, who took official visits to at least Minnesota (June 10) and Kansas State (June 13) recently. Could this weekend give Iowa a boost and help the Hawkeyes secure an immediate commitment from one of the state’s best rising seniors?
Trevor Lauck, OT, Roncalli (Indiana)
Lauck is one of a trio of offensive tackles making their way to Iowa City. The 6-6, 285-pound tackle visited Michigan State last weekend, and will take his second OV to Iowa City. Other programs competing with Iowa for Lauck’s commitment include Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan and Ohio State. It could be a tough sell for the Hawkeyes, but having Proctor on campus at the same time could offer a recruiting boost.
Logan Howland, OT, Hun School (New Jersey)
If the Hun School sounds familiar, that’s because the Hawkeyes’ 2023 quarterback commit, Marco Lainez III, comes from the same program. That could already give Iowa an advantage, although plenty of high school teammates have gone to different teams.
Maverick Noonan, Edge, Elkhorn South (Nebraska)
Noonan is going to be a tough get for the Hawkeyes. He’s an Omaha native, growing up about an hour away from the University of Nebraska. He holds an offer from the Cornhuskers and would follow in his dad’s — Danny Noonan — footsteps if he plays football there.
But don’t count the Hawkeyes out yet. We’ve seen how much of a difference an official visit can make, and Iowa is the only official visit other than Nebraska that Noonan will have taken. He clearly has some interest in the program. Now it’s up to Hawkeyes coaches to convince him that Iowa City is the best place for him.
Kahlil Tate, ATH, Kenwood Academy (Illinois)
Iowa has emerged as one of Tate’s top teams, with the Hawkeyes competing alongside Wisconsin, which he visited on June 3. Tate also took a visit to Purdue on June 10. The Chicago cornerback has a knack for forcing fumbles and intercepting passes. Beating out Wisconsin, which has more room on the roster for Tate to take on an immediate role, could be tough for Iowa.
Zach Ortwerth, TE, St. Louis University (Missouri)
Ortwerth is an interesting recruit, for all the right reasons. At 6-5, 220-pounds, he’s a big undersized for his position but he makes up for it in skill. He has solid speed, hands and reach, but he stands out in his ability to out-muscle most opponents on both offense and defense.
The three-star tight end has already taken three visits: Wisconsin (June 3), Minnesota (June 10) and Pittsburgh (June 16). Iowa is the last visit he has scheduled. The Hawkeyes have no tight ends committed to the 2023 class yet. That, and Iowa’s tight end reputation could help them secure a commitment from Ortwerth.
Jaron Tibbs, WR, Cathedral (Indiana)
Iowa seems to be the top choice right now for the 6-4, 190-pound three-star receiver, even though Tibbs took an official visit to Purdue a couple weeks ago. Should this weekend convince him to commit, Tibbs will be the first wide receiver in the Hawkeyes’ 2023 class.
Trevor Buhr, DL, Washington (Missouri)
Buhr may be from Missouri, but he’s in the middle of an Iowa vs. Iowa State battle right now. The 6-4, 270-pound defensive lineman took an official visit to Iowa State on June 10, which was a big recruiting weekend for the Cyclones. Now, he’ll be in Iowa City for the Hawkeyes largest official visit weekend of the summer.
Kenneth Merrieweather, Edge, Martin Luther King (Michigan)
Looks like it’ll be a decision between Iowa and Purdue for Merrieweather’s commitment, and this is the only official visit he has scheduled. He visited Iowa City unofficially in the spring and seems hot on the Hawkeyes. This weekend could be about sealing the deal for the three-star edge.
Jordan Allen, Edge, Olathe South (Kansas)
Another edge and another Cy-Hawk battle, although Iowa seems to have the edge. Allen took an official visit to Missouri on June 10 but despite being warm on Iowa State, he doesn’t have an official visit lined up in Ames. If Iowa can secure a commitment, the Hawkeyes would be getting a promising pass-rusher.
Alyssa Hertel is the college sports recruiting reporter for the Des Moines Register. Contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AlyssaHertel.