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Washburn High School running back Jeff Jones
Washburn High School running back Jeff Jones

Here's our weekly recruiting update from Blair Sanderson is in for Tom Kakert this week. The topic is football recruits from Minnesota, which is topical in the wake of Iowa's victory over the Gophers last week.

Thanks to Blair!

Hawkeyes host Minnesota recruits

With the Gophers in town last weekend, the Iowa coaching staff invited a handful of top prospects from the state of Minnesota to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday to watch the game. The biggest name was Class of 2014 running back Jeff Jones from Washburn High School in Minneapolis. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound Jones already holds a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes and was at Iowa's pre-season barbecue for recruits in late July.

After the visit to Iowa City this past weekend, Jones said he was impressed with Iowa's 31-13 win over Minnesota and especially liked the way that Iowa ran the ball with new starter Mark Weisman gaining 177 yards in the game. Along with Iowa, the high school junior currently holds offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, Syracuse, and Iowa State with more likely on the way once his junior film makes the rounds.

Jones has now been to games at both Iowa and Minnesota this season and hopes to see Wisconsin and Michigan State later this fall. Through four games this year, Jones has averaged 9.1 yards per carry, rushing for 553 yards and four touchdowns for unbeaten Washburn.

Also making the trip to Iowa on Saturday was a Class of 2015 prospect, defensive end Jashon Cornell from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. The Hawkeyes have had some success recruiting there before, luring offensive lineman Rafael Eubanks and defensive end Broderick Binns to Iowa City in previous years and would love to get their foot back in the door.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Cornell is just a sophomore, but already has 13 sacks through six games this season and college coaches have clearly taken notice. On the visit to Iowa, he had a chance to talk to Iowa defensive line coach Reese Morgan, who told him the Hawkeyes will be staying in close contact. While there are no scholarship offers on the table just yet, Cornell is hearing from Minnesota, where he visited earlier this season, along with Notre Dame and several others in addition to Iowa.

Finally, Minneapolis DeLaSalle High School also had two preps in Iowa City on Saturday in hoops prospect Sacar Anim and two-sport athlete Reid Travis. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Travis told us his visit was for both basketball and football and he is receiving plenty of college interest for each. A Class of 2014 quarterback, Travis has one early offer in football, which is from Boston College, but is even more highly sought after in basketball where he is a four-star prospect and counts Minnesota, Iowa State, Purdue, Colorado, USC, Northwestern, and Penn State among his offers.

Iowa had some success in Minnesota in the 2013 recruiting class, landing Robbinsdale Cooper defensive back Malik Rucker, who also had offers from Minnesota, Boston College, Illinois, Arizona State, Kansas, Iowa State, N.C. State, and Duke, among others. The Hawkeyes would love to add more in 2014 and 2015 and Saturday’s 31-13 win over the Gophers will certainly help their efforts.



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