These 28 Iowa football prospects are poised to break out at June recruiting camps
June is going to be absolutely wild in the recruiting world.
For the first time since just after the 2019 football season, college football coaches will finally be able to evaluate high school prospects in person again. The NCAA is lifting its COVID-19-caused dead recruiting period June 1, and football programs across the country are flooding the month with prospect camps so they can actually get eyes on the players they've been monitoring for so long on Hudl and social media.
That's great news for college coaches. And it's fantastic news for prospects who haven't been able to get the exposure they need to land life-changing scholarship offers. You're going to see tons of offers get extended in June, and you're going to see lots of prospects break out as they're finally able to get seen.
Here's a look at some Iowan football prospects who are poised for a June breakout — whether that means they'll land their first offers, jump into the Power Five ranks, become national must-have recruits or simply emerge as young names to watch.
Class of 2022
Kale Krogh, OL, Ballard
6-foot-6, 265 pounds
Offers: Minnesota, Bowling Green, Columbia, Dartmouth, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Penn, Toledo, Tulane, Yale
Register recruiting ranking: 12
This well-rounded, nimble offensive lineman had been knocking on the door of his first Power Five offer for a long time before Minnesota offered in late April. Now, the domino effect could take place this summer as Krogh gets in front of Power Five eyes, including at Iowa State and Iowa.
Brayden Loftin, TE, Lewis Central
Offers: Air Force, Army, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Dartmouth, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, Miami of Ohio, Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, Penn, South Dakota, Yale
Register recruiting ranking: 17
Loftin's combination of size and skill has always given him top-10 potential in this class, and he's starting to reach that potential. He'll camp at Iowa State June 1, Florida State June 6 and Northern Illinois June 18. He'll also have private workouts and unofficial visits at Nebraska June 4 and Wyoming June 23.
Dominic Wiseman, DT, Davenport North
Offers: Eastern Illinois, Indiana State
Register recruiting ranking: 10
Wiseman's film is so impressive. It shows a relentless, aggressive interior defensive lineman who can beat his man in a variety of ways. He's a prospect many coaches no doubt want to see to determine if he is as impressive in person as his film suggests, and to see how big he looks in person. He plans to camp at Iowa State, Iowa, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Kansas State, Nebraska and North Dakota State.
Brady McCullough, WR, Ankeny
Offers: Upper Iowa (Division II), Bemidji State (Division II)
Register recruiting ranking: 33
Coaches are going to like what they see from McCullough in person. When there's a 6-4, 195-pound target who can move well, interest will come. Iowa State, Iowa, Northern Iowa, UCF and South Dakota State have all invited him to camps.
Jahsiah Galvan, DB, West Liberty
Offers: Nebraska, Air Force, Army, Buffalo, Dartmouth, Northern Iowa, Penn, South Dakota
Register recruiting ranking: 13
Galvan is a game-changing athlete with his speed and physicality in the secondary. Nebraska opened the Power Five door by becoming his first offer back in December. More will inch closer to an offer after seeing his speed and level of activity in person. He's camping at Iowa State (June 8), Missouri (June 10) and Iowa (June 27).
Eddie Burgess, ATH, Montezuma
Offers: South Dakota
Register recruiting ranking: 23
Burgess is just starting to emerge in the recruiting world. A wrecking ball in 8-player football who played quarterback, linebacker and return specialist, Burgess recently picked up his first offer from South Dakota and could land more once coaches see his blend of size and athleticism. Will he be a defensive end in college? Perhaps a tight end?
Ben Reiland, DL, Waukee
Offers: Arizona State, Air Force
Register recruiting ranking: Unranked
Reiland made some waves when he landed his first offer from Arizona State back in December. That, alone, will make coaches at the camps he attends pay attention. Reiland is a physical and versatile defensive lineman who is also a skilled wrestler. He plans to camp at Iowa State, Iowa, Air Force, Northwestern and Notre Dame.
Wyatt Hatcher, LB, Lewis Central
Offers: Northern Iowa, Illinois State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Eastern Illinois
Register recruiting ranking: 18
Coaches are intrigued to see where Hatcher fits best. A three-sport athlete at 6-3 and 220 pounds, Hatcher could theoretically play linebacker, tight end or even defensive end in college. Bottom line: He just needs to be on the field. He's camping at Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas State and Nebraska in June.
Corey Phillips, TE/DL, Ames
Offers: Northern Iowa, Kansas (previous staff), UCF (previous staff)
Register recruiting ranking: 11
Phillips will be able to open eyes in person because he's a 6-5, 250-pound power forward who can stretch the floor and shoot 3-pointers … and he uses that basketball athleticism to stand out at tight end and on the defensive line. He's planning to at least camp at Iowa and Iowa State in June.
Class of 2023
Jamison Patton, QB/ATH, Des Moines Roosevelt
Offers: Iowa Western (junior college)
June camps: Iowa (June 6), Iowa State (June 8), Kansas State (June 10), Missouri (June 13), Northern Iowa (June 20)
Patton is a legitimate dual-threat quarterback who got to play just two games last fall due to Des Moines Public Schools' COVID-19 policies. Coaches are no doubt itching to see what he looks like in person. He could also play receiver or safety in college.
Andrew DePaepe, DE, Pleasant Valley
Offers: Kansas State, Iowa State, Iowa, Arizona State, Washington, Michigan State, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana
June camps: Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Washington, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana
DePaepe has already blown up in the recruiting world, and his stock will only continue to grow as more and more Power Five eyes get to see him.
Ben Kueter, LB, Iowa City High
June camps: Invited to Princeton
You're going to know Ben Kueter's name by the time he graduates. A four-sport star who is among the country's best in his wrestling weight class, Kueter is an early candidate for overall athlete of the year in the 2023 class. Those around Iowa City couldn't be more excited for his future on the football field.
J.J. Kohl, QB, Ankeny
June camps: Iowa State (June 1), Alabama (June 2), Missouri (June 3), Lindenwood me (June 4), Penn State (June 5), Iowa (June 6)
Kohl's combination of projectable size, promising arm strength and football intelligence have made him a standout performer at recent Under Armour and Elite 11 regional camps. Now, he gets to show that combination off in front of college coaches. He'll have a busy first six days of June, and he plans to attend more camps later.
Alex Mota, ATH, Marion
Offers: Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State
June camps: Notre Dame (June 6), Iowa (June 18), Missouri (June 24), private workout with Wisconsin in June
Mota has put himself on the map with his pair of in-state offers, and he could blow up as a regional must-have once coaches see his three-sport athleticism (basketball and track and field, too) in person. He looks the part.
David Borchers, DT, North Scott
Offers: Iowa State, Nebraska
June camps: Iowa State (June 9), Iowa (June 13)
Borchers is a physically impressive interior defensive lineman whose recruiting stock is only going to grow when coaches see him in person. His film, alone, was enough for Iowa State and Nebraska.
Watts McBride, DB, Cedar Rapids Washington
June camps: Iowa (June 6), Iowa State (June 8), Nebraska later in June
Those in Iowa high school football are well-aware of McBride's tenacious, ball-hawk defense and his rugby blend of agility and athleticism. This June will provide him a chance to showcase those qualities to college coaches and put himself on the map.
Nolan DeLong, LB, Durant
June camps: Missouri (June 3), Nebraska (June 4), Iowa State (June 8), Kansas State (June 12), Iowa (June 18)
Delong is a rising name in Iowa recruiting circles, thanks to his physicality and track speed at the linebacker position. There's some similarity between Delong and Iowa State linebacker recruit Jacob Imming, of Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Jonathan Humpal, RB, Lewis Central
Offers: Iowa State
June camps: Iowa State (June 2), Missouri (June 6)
Quick, shifty with a Power Five burst of speed, Humpal landed his Cyclones offer in February and will have the chance to rise up other Power Fives' big boards in June.
Miles Thompson, DB/RB, Cedar Rapids Washington
June camps: Invited to Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Wisconsin
Thompson is on this list because he is so fast. Combine his speed (ran a 11.08-second 100-meter dash at the state meet) with good size at 6 feet, and you've got a prospect coaches will at least want to get eyes on.
Aidan McDermott, S, Cedar Rapids Xavier
June camps: Iowa, Northern Iowa, Miami of Ohio, possibly Iowa State
It seems like Cedar Rapids Xavier is good for at least one dynamic athlete who plays safety every couple years. It was current Hawkeye Quinn Schulte a few years ago and Iowa preferred walk-on recruit Jaxon Rexroth in 2021. McDermott is up next.
Kai Black, WR/TE, Urbandale
June camps: Iowa State (June 8), Iowa (June 18)
There's a whole lot to like about Black at this point in his development. A sophomore with his size and level of skill will make tight end coaches who watch him in person get excited. Like any sophomore, Black has plenty of room for refinement. But the pieces are there to become a high-level prospect.
Braylon Kammrad, QB, Lewis Central
June camps: Iowa State (June 1), Nebraska (June 4), Kansas State (June 5), unofficial visit to North Dakota State (June 11)
Kammrad will get a chance to show off his intelligence in June. He progresses through his reads with ease and is comfortable locating his second, third or even fourth option. His upside is considerable because Kammrad is technically advanced for his age. His main areas of growth are in the physical realm, which will happen as he grows.
Jaxon Smolik, QB, Dowling Catholic
June camps: Iowa State (June 2), Lindenwood mega camp (June 4), Iowa (June 6), Kansas State (June 12), Missouri (June 17), Northwestern (June 22), North Dakota State (June 26)
A smooth-operating righty with an effortless release and the ability to scramble, Smolik will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of tons of coaches in June — as you can see by the amount of camps he's attending.
George Williams, TE, Des Moines Roosevelt
June camps: Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Northern Iowa
Like his Roosevelt teammate, Williams only played two games this past fall due to DMPS COVID-19 policies. So June will provide opportunities to introduce his talent to coaches who may not be as familiar with him as they are with other Iowans.
Skylar James, LB/ATH, Des Moines Roosevelt
June camps: Invite from Northern Iowa
Again, with only two games as a sophomore, it was hard for James to get his name out there. He is a fast, decisive and sure-tackling defender for the Roughriders who could project at linebacker or perhaps even as a box safety. A high-level athlete.
Class of 2024
Tono Cornell, OL/DL, Independence
June camps: Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Nebraska
Cornell has been a name circulating around Iowa recruiting circles since he was an oversized eighth-grader dominating his competition. Now, he's developing into a sturdy, well-rounded lineman with a high ceiling.
Class of 2025
Nick Brooks, OL, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
An eighth-grader on the radar? You bet. Just look at Brooks' size: 6-8, 330 … and he hasn't even started high school. No matter what Brooks does this summer, his sheer size will be enough for coaches to at least pay attention to him at Kennedy.
Jack Wallace, QB, Iowa City West
June camps: Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue, Manning Passing Academy
Wallace is shaping up to be a promising young quarterback prospect. He has performed well on the spring 7-on-7 and combine circuit, and his pairing of size and skills makes him an intriguing talent for coaches to monitor.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Drake basketball and pretty much anything else under the sports sun for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.