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UNI football recruiting 2019: Panthers hold off Iowa for Logan Wolf

A look at UNI's early signees

Cedar Falls receiver Logan Wolf will play football and basketball at Northern Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Falls receiver Logan Wolf will play football and basketball at Northern Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa football cast a wide net in the 2019 recruiting cycle, offering over 50 recruits for a class that’s unlikely to exceed 25 commits. UNI’s nine early signees (so far) are headlined by St. Louis, Mo., quarterback Nate Martens and Cedar Falls wide receiver Logan Wolf.

Martens, a 3-star QB from De Smet Jesuit High School, held multiple FBS offers before announcing his verbal commitment to the Panthers in early October. It’s expected that Martens will compete with current UNI QBs Jacob Keller and Will McElvain to be the 2019 starter.

Wolf chose UNI despite a late offer from Iowa. The Cedar Falls receiver finished second in the state with 71 receptions for 1,221 yards and 22 touchdowns. While he’s set to be on a football scholarship, Wolf has also committed to play basketball for Ben Jacobson’s Panthers.

UNI replenished its offensive line and linebacker groups in the early signing period. Kobe Rios, a 3-star lineman from Rock Island, Ill., and Cameron Baker, a 3-star linebacker from Council Bluffs, headline the position groups.

O-lineman Jared Penning, younger brother of current UNI offensive lineman Trevor Penning, committed last Tuesday. The second-team all-state selection from Clear Lake chose UNI over North Dakota State and South Dakota.

With Baker, Spencer Cuvelier, Caleb Lomica and Jake McLaughlin, along with Rios, Penning and Tristan Roper, the Panthers addressed two of their biggest roster needs at linebacker and offensive line.

Heading toward February it appears there will be an emphasis on adding to the defensive backfield (eight current offers) while also making at least one more addition at quarterback and running back. 

UNI once again chose not to publicize its early signing period commitments.

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A year ago, UNI Coach Mark Farley told The Gazette he opted not to publicize his 2018 early signees to better allow the opportunity to recruit top players until February.

Here's an unofficial look at UNI's 2019 early signees.

Nate Martens

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-3

Weight: 220

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Verbal commitment date: Oct. 7, 2018

247Sports Composite: 3 stars

Other offers: Cornell, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Holy Cross, South Dakota, Syracuse, Temple

 

Logan Wolf

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-4

Weight: 180

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

247Sports Composite: 3 stars

Other offers: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois

 

Maverick Gatrost

Position: Tight end

Height: 6-5

Weight: 235

Hometown: Center Point, Iowa

247Sports Composite: NR

 

Kobe Rios

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-5

Weight: 305

Hometown: Rock Island, Ill.

247Sports Composite: 3 stars

Other offers: Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, Kent State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois

 

Tristan Roper

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-5

Weight: 270

Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo.

247Sports Composite: NR

Other offers: Illinois State, Kent State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois

 

Jared Penning

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-7

Weight: 308

Hometown: Clear Lake, Iowa

247Sports Composite: NR

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Other offers: Eastern Michigan, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State

 

Spencer Cuvelier

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-4

Weight: 240

Hometown: Cresco, Iowa

Transfer: Iowa Central CC

247Sports Composite: NR

Other offers: New Mexico State, South Dakota, Tennessee-Martin

 

Caleb Lomica

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Hometown: Alleman, Iowa

247Sports Composite: NR

Other offers: Central Michigan, South Dakota

 

Cameron Baker

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-3

Weight: 210

Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa

247Sports Composite: 3 stars

Other offers: Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota State

 

Jake McLaughlin

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-3

Weight: 215

Hometown: Harlan, Iowa

247Sports Composite: NR

Other offers: South Dakota State

 

Edwin Dearman

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-0

Weight: 180

Hometown: Houston, Texas

247Sports Composite: NR

 

Micah Mayberry

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-2

Weight: 200

Transfer: Butler Community College (El Dorado, Kan.)

247Sports Composite: NR

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