The performance we observed from the Iowa defensive line this previous year was one particular of the greatest we may perhaps ever see. The talent, significantly at defensive finish, was unbelievable. But since the finish of the year, the Hawkeyes have observed Parker Hesse graduate, Anthony Nelson depart for the NFL and backup Brandon Simon enter the transfer portal.
With all that turnover, the Hawkeyes’ recruiting technique has shifted a bit. After picking up commitments from Michigan defensive finish (and opportunity long term defensive deal with) Jalen Hunt and Wisconsin finish Jake Karchinski early in the cycle, the Hawkeyes included Iowa-native Chris Reames in advance of the early signing day. But they ended up however seeking for more depth.
Right now they found some as they incorporate an athletic defensive finish from Florida in Pensacola-native Taajhir McCall.
McCall has flown mostly under the radar, but there is a good deal to like. He’s acquired an great frame at 6’4”, nevertheless he’ll clearly need to have to incorporate excess weight as he will come in at only 225 lbs .. Hawkeye followers know that should not be a trouble with Doyle (drink!).
What McCall provides that cant be taught is some severe speed off the edge. TJ (McCall goes by TJ) utilizes his length and quickness to get into the backfield with regularity. As a senior at Pine Forest, which is in Florida’s course 6A (of 8), McCall concluded with 11 sacks and 88 full tackles.
Each of those people are absurd, but the tackles full for a defensive lineman appears significantly superior for any person with concerns about his capability to keep up in the operate match. With some included excess weight, it’s easy to envision McCall introducing a bull hurry and getting a weapon off the edge (as a reminder, long term NFL draftee Anthony Nelson arrived to Iowa weighing only 210 lbs .).
McCall will come in rated as a 3-star by 247 Sports and only a 2-star by Rivals. That lessen score most likely has additional to do with an injuries which caused him to miss time as a junior than his bodily equipment. McCall was down to Army and Navy, with more gives from Chattanooga and Alabama A&M, in advance of Iowa available and introduced him in for an official stop by this previous weekend. Just three times later, he’s officially a Hawkeye.
Welcome aboard TJ McCall!