Aside from all the other negative momentum the Iowa Hawkeyes football program is riding, CBS Sports' Dave Carey described their recruiting class as being "on shaky ground."
That was toward the end of the regular season, and since then, according to ESPN, the Hawks have parted ways with Des Moines defensive end prospect Trevon Young.
As recruiting season winds down to its culmination on national signing day (Feb. 6), there are still some opportunities for things to go right for Kirk Ferentz and his football program.
The following will look at the Hawks' top national signing day priorities and "wishes," in no particular order.
The only "wishes" considered were within the realm of possibility. It would be great if Rivals' No. 1 recruit in the nation, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, randomly spurned LSU, Georgia, 'Bama and most of the other teams in the country in order to sign with Iowa. But it's not going to happen.
The majority of the information about the recruits was gleaned from Rivals—as opposed to Scout or ESPN Recruiting—primarily because Rivals has a much more user-friendly search and database than the two other major sites.
Lastly, when I refer to "fallback" in terms of the recruit or the recruit's preferred school, I am referring to either the recruit or the school not being the preferred option. Rather, it is a backup or "fallback" choice.