The 2004 football recruiting class in Iowa is shaping up to be one of the best ever and could very well set a record for the number of Division I scholarship recipients.
This in-state class could rival the great class of 2001, which produced a record 32 Division I players. That legendary class included the likes of Arizona State's Hakim Hill, Iowa's Blake Larsen, Nebraska's Marques Simmons and Mike Stuntz, Purdue's Kyle Orton, and Iowa State's T.J. Klith and Nik Moser. Like the class of 2001, the 2004 class appears to be both talented and deep and is attracting interest from college coaches across the nation.
Three of the most talented players in the class of 2004 have already made their college
decisions. Travis Ferguson – a 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound defensive end from Waterloo East High School – has decided to accept Dan McCarney's scholarship offer and become a Cyclone.
Ted Bentler (DE, 6-4, 240) from Davenport Assumption and Matt Kroul (LB, 6-2, 215) from Mount Vernon have already committed to the University of Iowa.
Who's the top recruit in the class? Right now there appears to be a three-way battle shaping up for that honor between Adrian Arrington, Greg Coleman, and Jason Scales.
Arrington is a 6-4, 175-pound wide receiver from Cedar Rapids Washington. Coleman is a 6-0, 205-pound running back from Iowa City West. And Scales is a 5-10, 175-pound running back from West Des Moines Valley. All three are already holding scholarship offers from Iowa State and Iowa as well as drawing heavy recruiting interest from a number of BCS conference schools.
Iowa high schools have a history of producing top offensive linemen and that trend will continue in 2004. At the top of the list is 6-5, 305-pound Landon Streit from Manson-Northwest Webster. Streit is already drawing interest from Iowa State, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Wisconsin. Other top linemen include Jordan Goos (6-8, 280) from Treynor, Brett Bergman (6-4, 340) of Conrad-BCLUW, West Lyon's Curtis Meendering (6-5, 290), Alex Heerda (6-5, 270) of Sheldon, Ryan Baade (6-3, 260) from Fort Dodge, and Waterloo West's Andy Payton (6-5, 240).
The top quarterback recruits in the state are Derrick Young (6-7, 195) from Greenfield-Nodaway Valley, Warren Suess (6-3, 185) of Cedar Rapids
Washington, Muscatine's Zack Wells (6-3, 190), and Tyler Lorenzen (6-5, 190) from
In addition to Scales and Coleman, other top running backs in the state include: Ashland Grady (West Des Moines Dowling), Andy Brodell (Ankeny), London Hayes (Des Moines East), Gavin McGrath (Cedar Rapids Washington), Mitch Horstman (West Hancock-Britt), and Dan Lensing (Turkey Valley-Jackson Junction).
The class also contains another crop of quality receivers. In addition to Arrington the list includes Matt Mitchell (Greenfield-Nodaway Valley), Michael Wright (Des Moines Hoover), and Tony Brantner (Mason City).
On the defensive side of the ball the top interior lineman appears to be Rob Bruggeman (6-4, 260) from Cedar Rapids Washington. Bruggeman is drawing
a high level of recruiting interest from Big XII and Big 10 schools. Other top defensive linemen include Albert Rodriguez (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson), Mark Huygens (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), Kyle Wilcox (West Des Moines Dowling), and Andy Kavanaugh (Southern Cal-Lake City).
Other top defensive ends and linebackers include: Mitch King (Burlington), Nick Frere (Muscatine), Michael Sabers (Iowa City High), Grant McCracken (Ankeny), Nick Foxen (Western Dubuque), and Jeremy Joynt (Emmetsburg).
The top defensive backs in the class are Adam Carper (6-4, 200) of Clarinda, Andy Petersen (5-9, 165) from Harlan, Adam Weig (5-10, 175) of Hubbard-Radcliffe, Creston's Michael Buck (5-11, 160), and Ben Schmidt (5-11, 175) of Tri County-Thornburg.
The top kicking prospects in the state appears to be Jared Parker from Ankeny and Kyle Martin from Harlan.
Overall, this is an impressive class of in-state talent and you can be sure the Iowa State coaching staff will zero on several of the players on this list between now and next Signing Day.
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