The level of talent both on the grill and on the hardwood within Hawkeye State’s borders has perhaps never been higher than in the past two years. The volume of prospects winning not just the Premier League but high major offers has never been higher. It would appear that no coaching staff understands this better than the Iowa Hawkeyes, who have been working hard to pitch deals to prospects across the state in recent weeks.
One of those offers was for Harlan athlete Aidan Hall, who wasted no time after securing an offer from the team he grew up on. Today, Hall announced his decision to fulfill his childhood dreams by signing up for the Hawkeyes.
Like other recent in-state engagements Preston Ries (2024) and Zach Lutmer, Hall is one more athlete who jumps from screen to film for his versatility. On the offensive end of the ball, he worked as a kind of tight end/wide receiver hybrid sometimes playing in line but often split wide. He racked up 755 receiving yards in that role.
That would be a truly impressive number in itself. But Hall also spent time in the backfield where he also totaled 777 rushing yards. That’s 1,532 all-around yards with 24 total touchdowns for the 6’2” athlete who was one of the state’s fastest Class 3A rushers on the track this spring, passing at 10.95 in the 100 meters.
But the Hawkeyes really like Hall on defense where they see his combination of speed, athleticism and size as a good choice for linebacker or safety. As a junior, Hall totaled 29.5 tackles with three interceptions. Talk with HawkeyeReport.com after getting a scholarship offer from Iowa, Hall said the Hawkeyes could really see him anywhere in the last seven.
“I spoke to Coach Wallace earlier this morning and he told me they thought I could play any of their linebacker positions and I could end up playing defensive back as well. They will find a place for me somewhere on the pitch.
Given Hall’s current height at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, a lot likely hinges on how he continues to grow and fill out physically. If he stays similar in size while maintaining his quickness, he just might project himself to safety the same as Lutmer. However, if he gets a little bigger, which is certainly possible on the 6’2″ frame, he could easily move up to linebacker and be an asset on the outside, especially in coverage.
All of those attributes earned Hall offers from eight other programs before the Hawkeyes got started. While Iowa was the first Power Fiver offer, Hall had offers from Minnesota, Army, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, UNI , Western Illinois and others. .
Hall becomes the ninth commitment for Iowa in a class of 2023 that continues to profile itself as one of the best the program has ever had. It is also one of the most distinct classes in Iowa in memory with more than half of the class hailing from Hawkeye State as it stands.
Welcome aboard Aidan Hall!