Iowa: Predicting the top-rated recruit for 2019; Hawkeyes in preseason Top 25

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Star gazing

Who will be the highest-rated player to sign with Iowa in 2019? How can you tell if a high-end recruit is truly interested in the Hawkeyes? Land of 10 answers these questions, and more, in the latest recruiting mailbag.

Never too early for a Top 25

That’s especially the case when the team you root for is in it. Iowa football didn’t make any of the initial 2019 Top 25 lists, but ESPN’s FPI numbers spit out the Hawkeyes as the No. 25 team in the country. You can read about it here.

Defensive masterminds

The Hawkeyes put together a good defense in 2017. What does it take to make it great? Land of 10 identified five players whose play will decide if the defense improves in 2018. Here is a hint: A lot of the names are on the defensive line.

Empty space

There is one opening in the 2021 Iowa football schedule. Yes, a MAC team is likely to fill it, but what team would you want to the Hawkeyes to face? Land of 10 tossed out some dream matches for the nonconference opening.

More road woes

The Iowa men’s basketball team dropped a 74-59 game at Michigan on Wednesday. The Hawkeyes have trailed by at least 18 points in every Big Ten road game this season.

Names to know

Iowa is hosting the first of multiple junior days this weekend. Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com compiled the list. It’s a cross-section of 2019, ’20, and yes, even 2021 prospects. Two in-state prospects to pay attention to are 2019 linebacker Jack Campbell and 2019 defensive end Mosai Newsome.

Why Iowa?

Walk-on offensive lineman Trey Winters explained to Luke Feddersen of Rivals his reason behind picking the Hawkeyes. He will join the program for the upcoming season.

Miss a previous edition of Iowa Breakfast Club? Get caught up here.

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