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Ferentz signs 21 players; 13 to boost offense

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The Iowa Hawkeye football team brought in 21 players in the 2013 recruiting class The Iowa Hawkeye football team brought in 21 players in the 2013 recruiting class

The dust has settled on national letter of intent day.

Even after a 4-8 season, head coach Kirk Ferentz stuck with his plan of building from the ground up. The Hawkeyes brought in 21 players, 20 high school guys and one junior college wide receiver.

The players come from ten different states, with Ohio bringing in the most players, five.

"We're obviously very pleased with the class," said Ferentz. "I think for the most part we fit most of the needs that we felt were important. Most importantly I think we found players that are going to fit our program and that's probably the secret of anything."

The Hawks ranked 114th out of 120 FBS teams in total offense last season, and tried to help by signing 13 offensive players.

Iowa signed five wide receivers but Ferentz would have liked to have one more.

"I would have loved to sign another guy that we felt could play outside. That didn't work out. One thing we didn't want to do is fabricate players or create players based on needs."

Rivals-dot-com ranks Iowa's class 52nd in the nation and eighth in the Big Ten. Iowa and Minnesota were the only Big Ten schools with no five or four-star recruits.

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