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National Signing Day For Hawks, Cyclones and Panthers

Iowa signed its latest recruiting class Wednesday, a group that is once again short on big-name recruits.

Iowa signed 19 players to national letters of intent. Because of the team's current overall depth, the class is one of its smallest in recent memory.

Among the more high-profile players signed were Sioux City Heelan High running back Brandon Wegher and Cedar Rapids Washington wide receiver Keenan Davis.

Thirteen of Iowa's 19 signees are offensive players, including five linemen and three wide receivers.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says he's confident this recruiting class will prove their merit in a few years.

University of Northern Iowa head football coach Mark Farley announced the addition of 24 student-athletes to the Panther football team on National Letter-of-Intent signing day.

UNI finished the 2008 season with a record of 12-3 and a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship. The Panthers entered the FCS playoffs as the No. 4 seed and advanced to the national semifinals for the seventh time in school history. UNI finished ranked No. 4 in both national polls, which marked the Panthers fifth top-five national finish since coach Farley took over the program in 2001.

The Panthers will open the 2009 season Sept. 5 at Iowa.

New Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has finalized his first recruiting class, signing 23 players to letters of intent.

Rhoads says about half the players signed by the Cyclones had originally committed under former coach Gene Chizik. The rest were swayed by Rhoads and his staff.

The players were announced Wednesday.

Iowa State's new class features just three Iowa prospects; Waukee linebacker Jake Knott, Dubuque wide receiver Josh Lenz and Bettendorf lineman Kyle Lichtenberg. That figures to change as Rhoads -- an Ankeny native whose father Cecil is in the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame as a coach -- has more time to settle in.


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