2011 Iowa Recruiting: Defensive line

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Current Players

Seniors: 4 - Clayborn, Klug, Ballard, Forgy
Juniors: 4 - Daniel, Nardo, Binns, Daniels
Sophomores: 2 - Bigach, Gaglione
RS Freshmen: 4 - Hopkins, Snyder, Covert, Alvis
Freshmen: 6 - Trinca-Pasat, Ferguson, Davis, Heissel, Johnson, Hardy

The last two classes of defensive linemen have been large and talented (at least at the high school level). However, with Clayborn, Klug, and Ballard all leaving after this year, the defensive line will be a priority for the Hawkeyes to figure out next summer. The current junior class looks strong, but that leaves 2012 even more bare when those guys graduate. Hopefully there will be some opportunities for some of the young guys to get some game experience either on special teams or during a blowout.

2011 Needs: 2

Prospects Offered

Vincent Croce - Olney, MD | Scout: 4*
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Croce is probably a long shot. He is currently leaning towards Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia.

Jesse Williams - Yuma, AZ | Scout: 4*
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In order to fill the immediate void left by 3 graduating senior next year, Iowa is going after a JUCO defensive tackle in Jesse Williams. Unfortunately though, Iowa didn't make his top 5.

Aaron Lynch - Cape Coral, FL | Scout: 4*
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Lynch has a slew of offers, but holds Iowa is high regards. He seems to have Notre Dame at the top of his list, but Iowa should have a decent shot.

Quinton Jefferson - Pittsburgh, PA | Scout: 3*
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Jefferson has a handful of offers from around the Big Ten and Big East. Iowa should have as good of a chance as any school at this point.

Anthony Chickillo - Tampa, FL | Scout: 3*
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Chickillo has over 40 offers, so that's basically everyone. From everything I've read he's going to try to visit as many places as possible before making a decision. It's going to be tough for Iowa competing with all those other schools though.

Bryant (B.J.) Dubose - Deerfield Beach, FL | Scout: 3*
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I don't have too much on Dubose. I saw he was looking to leave Florida, but then visited Miami (FL) and really liked it.

Curt Maggitt - West Plam Beach, FL | Scout: 3*
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Curt's brother Roosevelt Maggitt currently plays for Iowa State. I'm not sure how the family would feel about Curt going to a rival school (probably wouldn't matter too much since they are from Florida). Curt could very well end up at ISU, though he's got some "bigger" offers from Florida and Miami that might be hard for him to turn down.

Jimmy Bean - Denton, TX | Scout: 3*
Committed to Oklahoma State

Kris Harley - Indianapolis, IN | Scout: 4*
Committed to Virginia Tech
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