Iowa added a player to its 2023 football recruiting class Saturday night that followed a familiar path to the Hawkeye program.
Leighton Jones, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman from Brownsburg, Ind., is also a gifted wrestler who finished third at 285 pounds at the Indiana state high school championships a week ago.
He’s been on the radar of Iowa coaches for some time, attending camp at Iowa last summer, taking part in the Hawkeye Tailgater recruiting event last July and attending a game at Kinnick Stadium last fall.
Named by the Indiana Football Coaches Association to its Class 6A junior all-state team as a defensive lineman — the organization picks its all-state teams by class — he selected Iowa over offers from Purdue, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.
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