The University of Iowa football program wanted to heavily address the offensive line in the 2015 recruiting class.
And the latest commit to the Hawkeye program just adds to what was already an impressive list of big uglies on the inside.
Announcing on his Twitter page today, Ohio prep James Daniels picked the Hawkeyes over several major Division I programs, including Ohio State and Alabama.
Daniels is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound three-star center who was ranked No. 9 overall by scout.com.
The Warren G. Harding High School prep followed his older brother LaShun to Iowa City. LaShun Daniels will be a sophomore tailback for the Hawkeyes this year.
James Daniels’ second choice was Ohio State, but the Warren, Ohio, native also had known offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Penn State, UCLA, Cincinnati, Akron and Bowling Green, according to scout.com
James Daniels is the fifth offensive linemen to commit to the Hawkeyes in the 2015 class.
The other four are Iowa natives and includes Landen and Levi Paulsen of Woodbury Central, Jake Newborg of West Lyon and Brett Waechter of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Landen Paulsen is a four-star offensive tackle and his twin brother Levi is a four-star offensive guard. Newborg, the first player to commit to Iowa in the latest class, is a three-star guard who also had an Iowa State offer and Waechter is a two-star guard prospect who also had an offer from the instate rival Cyclones.
The James Daniels commitment gives Iowa 14 known verbal commitments.
Besides the five offensive linemen, Iowa also has commitments from three quarterbacks, two outside linebackers, two wide receivers, one tight end and one defensive end.
The defensive end is three-star prospect Brady Reiff, who is the brother of former Iowa and now Detroit Lion OT Riley Reiff.
The other two instate commitments are Dowling Catholic quarterback Ryan Boyle and Iowa City Regina quarterback Drew Cook.
Boyle led the 4A Maroons to the state title last year and earned first-team all-state honors by the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Cook also helped the Regals to another state title in 1A. He is the son of former Iowa and NFL tight end and current Regina head coach Marv Cook.
Two other commitments came in the last five days.
Texas standout Emmanuel Ogwo picked Iowa over UNLV and Rutgers and also will run track and field for the Hawkeyes.
Ogwo is a speedy receiver who runs the 400-meter dash in 47.51 seconds. The 6-foot, 170-pounder is a two-star prospect from Mesquite, Texas.
Two-star tight end Nate Vejvoda also committed to the Hawkeyes this week after originally telling Miami of Ohio he would play for them.
Vejvoda’s best offers prior to Iowa were several schools in the MAC, including Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Buffalo and Miami of Ohio. He is a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from New Lenox, Illinois.
“It was my favorite school throughout the recruiting process that I fell in love with during my first visit there. The atmosphere is something I really liked, which included the great coaches, players, and the school itself. I also could not pass up an opportunity to play in the Big Ten, especially for Iowa,” Vejvoda told Hawkeye Insider.com’s Rob Howe.
Former Hawkeye says he’s headed to Youngstown State
Earlier this week, it was announced that three football players would be leaving the Iowa program.
One of those student-athletes was defensive back Laron Taylor. The latest on the former Hawkeye is that he is now headed to Youngstown State to play for the Division I-AA school in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Taylor announced his decision on Twitter.