February 12, 2016

Hawkeyes and Cyclones announce football recruiting classes

Wednesday was the start of the national signing period for college football. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced a class of 21 recruits. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 4-8 season, their worst record since 2000, but Ferentz says the down season did not have a negative impact on recruiting.

“I think players tend to look broader than one game and one season typically, and I think we have an awful lot to sell,” Ferentz says.

The Hawks are in need of playmakers and five wide receivers are part of the class. “there’s a little bit of variety of in the group certainly, some of they guys are bigger, some of the guys are on the smaller size, guys we thought could get open,” he says.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads signed a class of 25 players. “Eight states are represented in this class with a high of 9 coming from the state of Florida. That’s the most we’ve ever signed out of the state of Florida,” Rhoads says.

Rhoads says it is a balanced class that covers all position groups. He says five in the class were either national or state champions, they have wrestling state champions, all-Americans, a class president and a student of the year in the class.

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