The Iowa Hawkeyes got a pledge from 3-star outside linebacker Jack Hockaday on Saturday.
As 24/7 Sports’ explains, the commitment was no surprise.
Hockaday is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, and even though he plays quarterback and safety in high school, he projects to transition nicely to outside linebacker for the Hawkeyes. He’s an aggressive player who can be a strong force player on the edges, and he has the athleticism to be a viable option on the blitz.
Iowa has been the favorite to land Hockaday’s commitment for quite some time, though the Hawks did fend off a late push from the Nebraska. Still, 12-of-12 predictions in his 247Sports Crystal Ball had him going to Iowa.
Hockaday attends Maroa-Forsyth High School in Maora, Illinois.
Hockaday is ranked as the 64th best safety prospect, the 20th best overall prospect in the state of Illinois and the 926th best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Hockaday chose the Hawkeyes over offers from the Duke Blue Devils, Illinois Illini, Indiana Hoosiers and Nebraska Cornhuskers, among others.
Hockaday is the Hawkeyes’ second commitment this week, joining quarterback Ryan Boyle.