(Pictured: Michigan prep RB Justice Hayes)
It's never too early to look ahead to the future. For the Iowa Hawkeyes, looking ahead shows the promise of a program that could possibly grow to powerhouse status in the Big Ten.
Last weekend, the Hawkeyes invited prospects from the class of 2011 to take part in Junior Day and see what it could be like for them to join Iowa in the years to come.
Here's a small bit of information on some of the headliners that were in attendance and how they enjoyed Iowa City.
Scout.com—Daniels is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound, four-star recruit out of Vernon Hills High School. According to Scout, Daniels came away from Junior Day very impressed with Iowa. He holds scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Scout.com—Spencer is Daniels' teammate from Vernon Hills HS and is listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. While he's only rated as a one-star recruit by Scout, the Hawkeyes are still interested and so are other major programs.
Spencer has received offers from Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Obviously, many schools see the value in having two former high school teammates on their team. Iowa has yet to come through with an official offer.
See Spencer at Illinois' summer camp.
Rivals.com—Iowa's own Austin Blythe has visited the Iowa campus several times already but returned for junior day to see if he couldn't find something different from his last visits. Scout has Blythe as a three-star recruit.
Oh, yeah...he's a pretty darn good wrestler, too. Maybe he'd be interested in two sports?
Rivals.com—Rivals claims Hayes is one of the top 2011 prospects in the state of Michigan (Grand Blanc Community HS). Scout has the 5-11, 185-pound back rated three stars. Offers have come from Iowa, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Northwestern but he is getting a lot of attention from all over the country.
Some of the schools interested include Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, LSU and Stanford. After joining the Hawkeyes for Junior Day, Hayes has Iowa near the top of his list.
If you're unsure about whether or not the Hawkeyes need another running back, watch Hayes in action and you'll be hooked on this stud.