Lemming: Iowa's class of 2011 among top 20 in nation

No matter which bowl game the Iowa Hawkeyes end up playing in this postseason, their future recruiting class resembles their typically unspectacular but always solid play on the field.

According to veteran recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, the Hawkeyes’ 2011 class is shaping up to rank in the upper third of the Big Ten.

“I would say probably second or third,” Lemming said of how Iowa sits in the conference. “Ohio State is on top and either Michigan or Iowa is two or three.”

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The class, currently comprised of 16 verbal commitments, ranks in the top-20 nationally, according to the analyst.

One of the biggest reasons for Iowa’s success on the recruiting trail? All the Hawks do is win.

Iowa is 27-8 since the start of 2008 and is coming off an Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech — the school’s first BCS bowl victory.

“It’s very athletic at every single position,” Lemming said of the class. “Because of their success they’ve been feeding off of that and their name has been bounced around, particularly everywhere east of the Mississippi (River).”

Iowa’s coaching staff still has almost three months to round out the class with National Signing Day scheduled for Feb. 2.

Two big names that are still considering Iowa City include five-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. and four-star running back Rodney Coe from Edwardsville, Ill.

Coe, a physical runner, will visit Illinois this weekend and travel to Iowa the following weekend, and he is expected to attend Iowa’s game against Ohio State on Nov. 20. The 6-3, 230-pounder also will visit Kansas in early December and plans to visit Kansas State and Arkansas, as well.

The Hawkeyes also could snag two prospects from Penn State territory: high school teammates Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons from McKeesport, Pa. Jackson is considered one of the top outside linebackers in the 2011 class, and Simmons is ranked as one of the better defensive linemen. Both visited Iowa in October and are considering playing together in college.

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