The 2013 recruiting season is over, and, if the recruiting rankings are accurate, the Iowa Hawkeyes and head coach Kirk Ferentz didn't have a great year.
The Hawks needed players to fill immediate voids at defensive end, wide receiver and safety. They had, and have, long-term needs at those positions as well as at linebacker.
The grades in the following slides were determined by holes in Iowa's roster and whether those holes were filled, as well as the quantity and palpable quality of the recruits in question.
When a player is referred to as a "project," it means that he will probably need some time in the weight room and time to learn his position. It will be at least a season, and probably more, before he contributes on the field.
"Fallback" refers to the Hawkeyes offering the recruit after their high-profile recruits opted to go elsewhere. In other words, the Hawks "fell back" to what appears, at least on paper, to be a "lesser" recruit.
These "fallback" recruits often go on to develop and play important roles for Iowa. For example, Brandon Myers didn't receive an offer until signing day, 2004. He went on to be a two-year starter for the Hawks and is currently a starter for the NFL's Raiders.
Nevertheless, one would hope Iowa doesn't have to "fall back" too many times, as those recruiting stars are there for a reason, as Matt Hinton of Yahoo! Sports noted.