IOWA CITY, Iowa - With 14 known verbal commitments in the Class of 2015, Iowa football is roughly three fourths of the way to completing the group. It could be farther along than that, as Coach Kirk Ferentz told me in Chicago that he felt the final number would be in the mid to high teens.
The total frequently is impacted by variables like injuries, transfers and decommitments. The Hawkeyes could end up in the 20s. Time will tell.
Regardless, there's limited room left on the bus. Ferentz said in the Windy City at the end of July that he'd like to address skill positions on offense, defensive end and the secondary with his remaining scholarships.
Since speaking with Ferentz on the topic, Iowa added Texas wide receiver Emmanuel Ogwo. That likely wrapped up that position in this cycle.
The big need on offense is running back with '13 signee Markel Smith unable to qualify. Smith might make it to Iowa after a year at Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY), but the staff can't count on it.
A lot of Iowa's targets are off the board. Two of them who still are available would make those that got away no big deal.
South Florida verbal Karan Higdon from Sarasota (FL) Riverview has scheduled his Iowa official visit for Sept. 13, when the Hawkeyes play host to rival Iowa State. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is focused on four schools but Iowa is the only program to which he's set up an official.
The Hawkeyes would like to pair Higdon with a big back. Texas bruiser Chris Warren, the son of the former NFL pro-bowler by the same name, puts them in his Top 6.
On defense, Iowa sits pretty well with several guys on the line and in the back end. Ohio end Rashod Berry tells us he thinks highly of the Hawkeyes but his holding out for schools farther up his wish list. Texas Safety Bryce Balous officially visits his leader, Kansas State, this week but tells us he'd like to make it to Iowa City.
Florida Safety Jonathan Crawford, who plays for former Hawkeye Marcus Paschal at Largo High, told me Monday morning that he will not be able to visit Iowa for the Cyclone game as he had hoped. He thought he had a Thursday game that week but instead plays on Friday.
"I want to take my official when I have my whole weekend free," the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder said.
Crawford said he hoped to see the Hawkeyes when he had a bye week. That date still was to be determined, he said.
Kansas City safety Marquis Doherty trimmed his list to five schools last week. He wants to play football and baseball in college.
Another target at defensive end, Michael Slater, who visited Iowa this summer, told me on Sunday that he has not planned any of his official visits yet.
"I have been really focusing on my high school team and not that much on college," the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder from Chesterfield (MO) Parkway Central said.
Slater told us after his Iowa visit that the Hawkeyes led for his services but he wanted to remain open to other schools and would wait until after his senior season to commit. Iowa remained his lone Power 5 conference offer to date.
Chicago's Raequan Williams remains a D-Line option. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder from Gordon Tech has visited Iowa multiple times and had it has his leader during the process, although he backed off of that stance in the last month.
Williams could end up at tackle or end in college. He still needs to qualify academically as well.
Iowa offered Georgia Corner Jeremy McDuffie during the summer. After some initial interest on his part, he seemed focused on schools in his region of the country.
The Hawkeyes recently made the cut with mammoth Dallas lineman Darrion Daniels. While the competition remained tough, Iowa has been involved for a long time with him and he told us in February that he thinks very highly of LeVar Woods.
THE FALCON FLIES: Wide Receiver commitment Adrian Falconer kicked off his season in fine fashion with a 75-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. You can watch it here at about the 2:30 mark of the video.
FLEMING HIGHLIGHTS: Verbal Andrew Fleming announced last week on Twitter that he would be taking his official visit Oct. 10-12. Targets Samir Sehic and Evan Boudreaux have set their officials for the same week.
You can watch Fleming's most recent highlights here .
O.G. DOWN TO 7: Jefferson City (MO) High's Ogugua Anunoby cut his list to seven last week. He's set his Iowa official for Sept. 6:
LEADOFF HITTER: Coach Fran McCaffery's first official visitor this fall will be Minnesota product and Brewster Academy forward Alex Illikainen, who is expected to be in town this weekend.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound face-up four also reports scholarship offers from Cal, Creighton, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, UNI, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 25 power forward in the country for '15.
It's hard to get a feel for Illikainen's recruitment. I contacted Brewster Coach Jason Smith last week and he said he'd have a better idea once Alex gets to his campus after Labor Day.
I've been trying to reach Illikainen since Iowa offered him without any luck. Smith forwarded an email I sent to him to Alex's parents last week and I still haven't heard back. I'll turn it up this week to make sure we have a post-visit story.
With Iowa football season kicking off this Saturday, the official visits get underway for recruits on the gridiron and in basketball. Hi Publisher Rob Howe takes a look at where things stand in both sports for the 2015 Class in this Recruiting Roundup.