Where Iowa football’s 2024 recruiting stands after pair of running back commitments

IOWA CITY — Iowa football’s 2024 recruiting class, while far from over, is starting to take shape.

The Hawkeyes are up to nine commitments in their 2024 recruiting class, which puts them ahead of schedule compared to other recent classes.

The 2023 class had seven commitments at this time last year, and the 2022 class had two commitments. The only other time Iowa had nine or more commitments at this point in the recruiting cycle in the last decade was with the 2020 recruiting class.

Iowa has done particularly well with in-state recruits in the 2024 class. Six of 247Sports’ top seven Iowans in the 2024 class have committed to the Hawkeyes. Logan-Magnolia’s Grant Brix, who remains undecided, is the one exception.

Iowa’s 2024 class, once in the top five after an early wave of in-state commitments, remains in the Top 25 of major recruiting sites’ rankings.

247Sports has Iowa ranked 17th, Rivals 19th and On3 20th.

A lot likely will change between now and next year’s signing periods, but the current rankings indicate a solid start for Iowa on the recruiting trail.

Here’s a rundown of the nine commitments (in reverse order of commitment date):

RB Brevin Doll

247Sports Composite rating: Three stars (56th-best athlete)

Hometown: Adel

Doll started this year with only one offer — Army — before his recruitment quickly gained momentum in the winter.

Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, South Dakota, Princeton and Northern Iowa all offered him in a one-month span. Iowa State and Western Michigan joined the party in March.

RB Xavier Williams

247Sports Composite rating: N/A

Hometown: Saint John, Ind.

Indiana continues to be fruitful for the Hawkeyes on the recruiting trail. Williams is the fifth player in the three most recent classes — 2022, 2023 and 2024 — from the Hoosier State to pick the Hawkeyes.

Williams also held offers from Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and others.

DE Drew Campbell

247Sports Composite rating: Three stars (39th-best edge rusher)

Hometown: Cedar Falls

Yes, that Campbell.

Drew Campbell is the younger brother of All-America linebacker Jack Campbell. The 6-foot-4 defensive end chose his brother’s school over Iowa State, UNI and Kansas State, per On3.

Campbell had nine sacks in 2022 for the Cedar Falls Tigers, per Bound.

OL Josh Janowski

247Sports Composite rating: Three stars (68th-best interior offensive lineman)

Hometown: Frankfort, Ill.

Josh Janowski did not need much time to make his college decision.

Iowa offered him a scholarship on Jan. 28. He committed on Jan. 30.

“It was my dream offer and the only offer I wanted,” Janowski told On3 after his commitment.

Janowski’s other offers included Toledo, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).

QB James Resar

247Sports Composite rating: Three stars (35th-best quarterback)

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Don’t let Rivals’ classification of James Resar as a prostyle quarterback fool you.

The future Hawkeye quarterback is fast. Really fast.

Resar has run a 10.67-second 100-meter dash, which translates to an average speed of about 21 miles per hour.

He also had offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina, Toledo and Georgia Southern. The North Carolina offer came after he already verbally committed to Iowa.

LB Preston Ries

247Sports Composite rating: Three stars (84th-best athlete)

Hometown: Monticello

Good luck finding a position Preston Ries cannot play. He was Monticello’s quarterback, linebacker and punter in 2022.

“He’s so talented, it’s hard to get him off the field,” his high school coach Wes Wilson told The Gazette last year. “He’s just never satisfied. He’s a kid who is always looking to get better.”

LB Derek Weisskopf

247Sports Composite rating: Four stars (35th-best linebacker)

Hometown: Williamsburg

Anyone wanting to see Derek Weisskopf’s athleticism might want to check out one of Williamsburg’s track and field meets.

Weisskopf is the reigning state 2A high jump champion and had a shot put throw last weekend that went 49 feet, 3 inches.

The 6-3 athlete also had offers from Wisconsin and Nebraska before committing last April.

LB Cam Buffington

247Sports Composite rating: Three stars (48th-best linebacker)

Hometown: Winfield

Cam Buffington committed to Iowa between his freshman and sophomore years of high school.

He already has an impressive high school football career, rushing and throwing for 1,000-plus yards as a sophomore.

Buffington had eight touchdowns in one of Winfield-Mount Union’s games last year as a junior. He also has participated in basketball and track and field.

OL Cody Fox

247Sports Composite rating: Four stars (14th-best interior offensive lineman)

Hometown: Winthrop

Cody Fox was Iowa’s first commitment of the 2024 class, announcing his intentions to remain in the Hawkeye State shortly after wrapping up his freshman year of high school.

Fox, along with being one of the highest-ranked offensive linemen in his class, also is quite the wrestler.

The East Buchanan standout finished fourth in Class 1A at the 2022 state tournament, and was the top-seeded heavyweight at the 2023 tournament. He had torn his meniscus the week before this year’s tournament, yet he still pinned an opponent.

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