2021 College Football Class Review: Iowa

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Sept. 9, 2020.

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2021 College Recruiting - 13 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on June 10, 2020
Iowa logo QB Joey Labas (Broadview Height, OH) commits to Iowa  View Class

Labas (6-4, 192) is an interesting case. He committed to Ball State back in early May and de-committed from the Cardinals shortly after Iowa extended an offer to him. Labas committed to the Hawkeyes a week later.

There isn't a whole lot of film on Labas. He missed his sophomore year with a broken hand, before returning as a junior and throwing for over 2,300 yards and 20 touchdowns. Labas took advantage of what he could in prospect camps before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down. He has a nice release and can move around pretty well. His arm strength looks sufficient. Overall another year of high school football at full health will be a good thing for Labas.

Joey Labas' Player Grade: C+
Iowa logo DT Jeremiah Pittman (Arlington Heights, IL) commits to Iowa  View Class

Pittman (6-2, 255) is a nice prospect who I think can become quite an effective three-technique for the Hawkeyes, who he chose over the home state Illinois Fighting Illini. He checks off many the boxes in terms of what I like to see out of a defensive line recruit. Pittman shows good toughness and determination in the trenches. He is an athlete, has some quickness to him and can get off the snap pretty well. Pittman isn't big, perhaps more a little sawed off, but he looks good and plays hard. He could develop into a full-time starter or, at worse, provide solid rotational depth.

Jeremiah Pittman's Player Grade: C+
Iowa logo ATH Keagan Johnson (Bellevue, NE) commits to Iowa  View Class

Iowa edges out Nebraska and grabs Johnson (6-1, 184), a solid wide receiver prospect from the Cornhusker state. Johnson is a good, balanced receiver. He makes a lot of his big plays on the perimeter with screens, short outs and jet sweeps. Johnson does have more to his game than that, and the tools show me a capable route runner who can get down the field. He has plus-level vision and can make things happen after the catch. Johnson possesses ideal size for a wide receiver, and he isn't afraid to play physical football when the situation calls for it. He is a quality wide receiver custom made for the Big Ten's style of the game.

Keagan Johnson's Player Grade: B
Iowa logo WR Brody Brecht (Ankeny, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class

Brecht (6-4, 205) is kind of a unique fit as wide receiver for Iowa. I'm wondering if he'll eventually grow into somewhat of a flex tight end or at least an h-back. Iowa doesn't have a natural tight end in its 2021 recruiting class so far, but Iowa took two in the 2020 class, so it's not a great position of need.

That being said Brecht has the ability to give the Hawkeyes a lot of flexibility in the passing game. He is fast enough to stretch the field and win some one-on-one battles. Brecht can run after the catch and has the ability to line up outside or in the slot. As a matter fact, he spends a lot of time in the slot as a wide receiver in high school. There's certainly a fit for Brecht at Iowa, and he will figure out ways to get the football.

Brody Brecht's Player Grade: B-
Iowa logo ATH Arland Bruce IV (Olathe, KS) commits to Iowa  View Class

Both Iowa and Iowa State jumped on Bruce (5-9, 187) last last year with scholarship offers, and the Hawkeyes won out to continue their impressive recruiting haul this cycle. Bruce has played quarterback and running back for his high school in kind of a single-wing attack. He rushed for almost 2,500 yards and over 40 touchdowns as a junior. Bruce could be a running back in college, but just putting him in the backfield doesn't seem like a full use of his talents. I see a player who can learn to play in the slot, line up at various spots on the perimeter, play some running back, and possibly be a returner. He's not the normal type of playmaker you see at Iowa, so I'm curious to see how the coaching staff will use him.

Arland Bruce IV's Player Grade: B
Iowa logo OT David Davidkov (Winnetka, IL) commits to Iowa  View Class

Iowa went out of state to battle with Ohio State and Michigan in a recruiting battle for Davidkov (6-6, 290). Davidkov is a two-sport guy, and to give an idea of his toughness, that second sport is rugby. He carries his weight extremely well and is very strong in the upper body. Davidkov is a crushing run blocker, and even though he could play right tackle, I think he might be better suited for a guard. Davidkov plays with leverage and stays at pad level or lower. He is good off the snap and has a strong initial punch.

I could see Davidkov being a multi-year starter at guard or tackle. He would be very good at tackle, but has the potential to be elite as a guard.

David Davidkov's Player Grade: B+
Iowa logo OT Beau Stephens (Blue Springs, MO) commits to Iowa  View Class

I always get excited watching film of an offensive lineman who has committed to Iowa. Stephens (6-6, 310) was gaining a lot of steam as a recruit and had nearly every Big Ten school on him, as well as some SEC programs. Stephens' size will give him the opportunity to play right tackle. I think right guard might even be more fruitful for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he started at guard and ended up at tackle or vice versa.

Stephens is a bulldozer on film and attacks and destroys in the running game. He is a strong player who shows decent lower body push. Stephens is also a capable pass blocker, but he could improve and move his feet better. He provides the Hawkeyes with another quality line prospect from this class.

Beau Stephens' Player Grade: B
Iowa logo ATH Max Llewellyn (Urbandale, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class

Llewellyn (6-5, 235) will project out as a defensive end, although he could also play tight end at the next level. His skill set leans more to defense, and he has the length and off-the-ball attacking style that I like to see out of defensive ends. Llewellyn will fight through the blocks and get into the backfield, but he can also go inside and has a nice little rip move to get through the inside blocks. Llewellyn's game is based around effort and pursuit more than technique. He has to become more diversified as a pass rusher, but Llewellyn has all the things you need to be productive.

Max Llewellyn's Player Grade: C+
Iowa logo CB Jordan Oladokun (Tampa, FL) commits to Iowa  View Class

Oladokun has some college football bloodlines in his family. His older brother, Chris, was a quarterback at South Florida initially and has since transferred to Stanford. Jordan Oladokun (5-11, 1805) was starting to rack up the offers over the past 30 days, but Iowa came through much earlier and the program's persistence paid off. Oladokun had an amazing sophomore season, grabbing seven interceptions and gaining First-Team All-State honors. His reputation grew, and he didn't see as much action as a junior, but his ball skills are elite. Oladokun gets high marks for his instincts and his ability to read the quarterback's eyes. He can run well and will offer a chance to make plays in the return game.

Jordan Oladokun's Player Grade: B-
Iowa logo ATH Cooper DeJean (Ida Grove, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class

DeJean (6-2, 190) is a big athlete who looks good off the hoof and physically ready to contribute when he walks on campus. He shows a lot of potential as a strong safety who can play downhill and create havoc close to the line of scrimmage. He's also not uncomfortable playing in coverage situations. DeJean will probably put on more weight, and that could put him in the tweener position between safety and linebacker. To be honest, he could easily commit to putting on more weight and becoming a solid outside linebacker given his coverage skills and naturally physical play. DeJean should project to be one of the top-end prospects in the Hawkeyes' 2021 recruiting class.

Cooper DeJean's Player Grade: B+
Iowa logo ATH Zach Twedt (Story City, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class
Tweet was committed to Iowa State for the better part of 2019, but he backed off his commitment early in November and closed out the month with a flip to Iowa. Tweet (6-3, 205) should eventually grow into a linebacker, but tight end might also be a possibility for him. He is the sixth commitment for Iowa in the 2021 recruiting class. Zach Twedt's Player Grade: C+
Iowa logo DT Griffin Liddle (Bettendorf, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class
Iowa has already hit on primarily all of its in-state targets for the 2021 class. Little (6-3, 270) is the latest to join the Hawkeyes and becomes the fifth commitment for them in the 2021 recruiting class. Liddle was a rising prospect in Big Ten countr, with Michigan State and Minnesota among those making in-conference offers. Iowa State made an offer as well. Griffin Liddle's Player Grade: B-
Iowa logo ATH Justice Sulliv1n (Eden Prairie, MN) commits to Iowa  View Class
Sullivan is already a candidate for the all-name team among 2021 recruits, and he's arguably the top junior prospect out of the state of Minnesota. Sullivan (6-1, 220) projects as an inside linebacker in college, but his growth will be monitored with another year left in high school. Nebraska and Minnesota had also made offers to Sullivan, who visited both programs in the spring. He's the sixth verbal commitment for Iowa in the 2021 class. Justice Sulliv1n's Player Grade: B-

All Commitments - 14

Most recent Commitment on June 10, 2020
  • 6/10 - Joey Labas QB
  • 5/18 - Jeremiah Pittman DT
  • 5/6 - Keagan Johnson ATH
  • 5/1 - Brody Brecht WR
  • 4/28 - Arland Bruce IV ATH
  • 4/27 - David Davidkov OT
  • 4/23 - Beau Stephens OT
  • 4/22 - Max Llewellyn ATH
  • 4/14 - Jordan Oladokun CB
  • 3/17 - Cooper DeJean ATH
  • 1/25 - Jeffrey Bowie DE
  • 11/30 - Zach Twedt ATH
  • 11/25 - Griffin Liddle DT
  • 11/25 - Justice Sulliv1n ATH

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 22
  • Juniors: 24
  • Sophmores: 17
  • Freshmen: 61
: 1 Players | 2 games played
Sr:0 Jr:0 So:0 Fr:1
Player Class Games|Starts
Desmond Hutson Fr 2|0
DB: 18 Players | 72 games played
Sr:3 Jr:2 So:4 Fr:9
Player Class Games|Starts
Michael Ojemudia Sr 8|8
Geno Stone Jr 8|8
Jack Koener So 8|7
Wes Dvorak Sr 8|0
John Milani Sr 8|0
Terry Roberts Fr 8|0
D.J. Johnson Fr 6|4
Matt Hankins Jr 5|4
Riley Moss So 4|1
Dane Belton Fr 3|1
Kaevon Merriweather So 2|1
Jermari Harris Fr 2|0
Julius Brents So 1|0
Dallas Craddieth Fr 1|0
Sebastian Castro Fr 0|0
Kyler Fisher Fr 0|0
Thomas Hartlieb Fr 0|0
Daraun McKinney Fr 0|0
DL: 17 Players | 78 games played
Sr:2 Jr:7 So:0 Fr:8
Player Class Games|Starts
A.J. Epenesa Jr 8|8
Chauncey Golston Jr 8|8
Cedrick Lattimore Sr 8|8
Austin Schulte Jr 8|2
Daviyon Nixon Jr 8|1
Dallas Jacobus Jr 8|0
Tyler Linderbaum Fr 7|7
Z. VanValkenburg Jr 7|0
John Waggoner Fr 6|0
Brady Reiff Sr 5|5
Noah Shannon Fr 5|0
Spencer Daufeldt Fr 0|0
Jake Karchinski Fr 0|0
Nathan Nelson Fr 0|0
Chris Reames Fr 0|0
Brandon Simon Jr 0|0
Louie Stec Fr 0|0
K: 3 Players | 16 games played
Sr:0 Jr:2 So:0 Fr:1
Player Class Games|Starts
Keith Duncan Jr 8|0
Caleb Shudak Jr 8|0
Lucas Amaya Fr 0|0
LB: 16 Players | 70 games played
Sr:4 Jr:2 So:1 Fr:9
Player Class Games|Starts
Djimon Colbert So 8|8
Dillon Doyle Fr 8|2
Seth Benson Fr 8|0
Amani Jones Sr 8|0
Barrington Wade Jr 8|0
Nick Niemann Jr 7|6
Monte Pottebaum Fr 7|0
Kristian Welch Sr 6|6
Jack Campbell Fr 6|0
Joe Evans Fr 3|0
Nick Anderson Sr 1|0
Colton Dinsdale Sr 0|0
Jestin Jacobs Fr 0|0
Yahweh Jeudy Fr 0|0
Logan Klemp Fr 0|0
Mike Timm Fr 0|0
OL: 23 Players | 72 games played
Sr:3 Jr:4 So:3 Fr:13
Player Class Games|Starts
Landan Paulsen Sr 8|8
Tristan Wirfs Jr 8|8
Levi Paulsen Sr 8|4
Jack Plumb Fr 8|0
Jackson Subbert Sr 8|0
Mark Kallenberger So 7|3
Cody Ince Fr 6|0
Alaric Jackson Jr 5|5
Justin Britt Fr 4|0
Cole Banwart Jr 3|2
Kyler Schott So 3|2
Jeff Jenkins Fr 2|0
Nick DeJong Fr 1|0
Luke Empen Fr 1|0
Tyler Endres Fr 0|0
Matt Fagan Fr 0|0
Noah Fenske Fr 0|0
Taylor Fox Fr 0|0
Coy Kirkpatrick So 0|0
Ezra Miller Fr 0|0
Kyle Sorensen Fr 0|0
Austin Spiewak Jr 0|0
Clayton Thurm Fr 0|0
P: 3 Players | 16 games played
Sr:2 Jr:0 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Colten Rastetter Sr 8|0
Michael Sleep-Dalton Sr 8|0
Ryan Gersonde So 0|0
QB: 6 Players | 11 games played
Sr:2 Jr:0 So:1 Fr:3
Player Class Games|Starts
Nathan Stanley Sr 8|8
Spencer Petras Fr 3|0
Connor Kapisak Fr 0|0
Peyton Mansell So 0|0
Alex Padilla Fr 0|0
Ryan Schmidt Sr 0|0
RB: 12 Players | 41 games played
Sr:1 Jr:3 So:1 Fr:7
Player Class Games|Starts
Mekhi Sargent Jr 8|8
Brady Ross Sr 8|2
Tyler Goodson Fr 8|0
Toren Young Jr 8|0
Ivory Kelly-Martin Jr 4|0
Turner Pallissard Fr 3|0
Joe Ludwig So 2|0
Shadrick Byrd Fr 0|0
Nolan Donald Fr 0|0
Samson Evans Fr 0|0
Keontae Luckett Fr 0|0
Johnny Plewa Fr 0|0
TE: 11 Players | 29 games played
Sr:4 Jr:1 So:3 Fr:3
Player Class Games|Starts
Shaun Beyer Jr 8|5
Nate Wieting Sr 7|6
Sam LaPorta Fr 7|0
Drew Cook Sr 4|0
Nate Vejvoda Sr 3|0
Noah Fant Sr 0|0
Noah Feldman So 0|0
Jason Frericks Fr 0|0
Tommy Kujawa So 0|0
Josiah Miamen Fr 0|0
Bryce Schulte So 0|0
WR: 14 Players | 55 games played
Sr:1 Jr:3 So:3 Fr:7
Player Class Games|Starts
Ihmir Smith-Marsette Jr 8|7
Jr., Tyrone Tracy Fr 8|3
Nico Ragaini Fr 8|1
Devonte Young Sr 8|0
Brandon Smith Jr 7|7
Oliver Martin So 7|0
Henry Marchese So 6|0
Max Cooper Jr 3|0
Javon Foy Fr 0|0
Charlie Jones So 0|0
Alec Kritta Fr 0|0
Calvin Lockett Fr 0|0
Jackson Ritter Fr 0|0
Quinn Schulte Fr 0|0


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