The University of Iowa men’s basketball team, football team and women’s basketball team all got good news this week on the recruiting front.
Here is a rundown of who is coming to Iowa.
Kirk Ferentz and his staff got good news Wednesday when two-star cornerback Marcel Joly gave his verbal pledge to the program.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Joly, a Maryland native, is ranked 153rd at his position and picked Iowa over instate Maryland, Temple, Vanderbilt and Old Dominion, according to scout.com.
Joly joins two-star cornerback Joshua Jackson in Iowa’s 2014 class. Jackson was the most recent football commitment as he gave his pledge on Aug. 22. Jackson, a Texas native, had offers from Nevada and New Mexico State.
The Hawkeyes and coach Fran McCaffery had shooting guard Brady Ellingson in town this weekend for a recruiting visit and a few days later Ellingson made it official to the program that he was committing, give Iowa its first verbal of the 2014 class.
Ellingson is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound wing that plays for Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin. The three-star guard picked Iowa over Ball State, Drake, Oakland, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wright State, according to scout.com.
Rivals.com also said Ellingson had offers from Albany, Dayton, Missouri, Northern Colorado, South Dakota, South Dakota State, San Diego, Utah and UC-Davis.
The Mason City basketball team battled through injuries this past year on the hardwood. And no one benefited more from those injuries then freshman Mackenzie Meyer.
A few months later, Meyer, will be a sophomore this upcoming season, gave her verbal commitment to the University of Iowa and will play for the Lisa Bluder and the Hawkeyes in a few seasons.
Mason City’s roster last year included Iowa State signee Jadda Buckley, Creighton commit Myah Mellman and NIACC signee Cortni Rush, but Meyer still managed to average nearly 10 points per game. Her best game of the year came against Marshalltown when she scored 30 points with Buckley and Mellman both sidelined with injuries.
Meyer’s committed was reported by several media outlets around Iowa earlier this week.
Since Meyer will be just a sophomore, there likely weren’t many offers on the table at this point. But, because I have seen her play on the floor, I would expect several other teams to get in the mix before she graduates.