The Iowa Hawkeyes have a long history of talented offensive linemen and their latest prospect is on the path to becoming another standout. Kadyn Proctor, a five-star recruit who committed to Iowa in June, made the MaxPreps Preseason High School All-America Football Team. Proctor, a senior at Southeast Polk High School, had offers from all over the nation, including powerhouses like Alabama and Ohio State.
The 2023 Recruiting Class
Proctor is listed at 6’7 and 330 pounds by 247Sports. He ranks No. 2 among offensive tackles and No. 10 overall in the 2023 class. He is one of 17 commits for the Hawkeyes in the upcoming class, giving Iowa the 23rd best incoming class currently. The Iowa recruit is considered the best player in the state of Iowa coming into this season and is fresh off helping his school win its first state title.
Other notable recruits include running back Kendrick Raphael of Naples, Fla. and tackle Trevor Lauck from Indianapolis, both four-star prospects. Along with Luack and Proctor, offensive line recruits include three-star center Leighton Jones and tackle Cannon Leonard.
Offensive Line of the Future
The Iowa offensive line is going through some significant turnover as we speak. This season we will see how redshirt-sophomore Logan Jones fares at center, taking over for Tyler Linderbaum. The latter was a first-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens and is expected to be a day one starter based on the team’s depth chart.
It is not the norm for Kirk Ferentz to elevate an underclassman to a starting role in their first year with the program. Proctor has a very good chance to be an exception rather than the rule. He already has college-grade size and strength along with an exceptional technique. Chris Singletary, a recruiting analyst for 247, compares Proctor’s playstyle to Trent Williams.
Barring unexpected transfers, Iowa’s offensive line will feature as many as four juniors. Proctor has the edge in size on both of the current tackles, senior Jack Plumb and sophomore Mason Richman. There is a lot of football before we get to the Spring scrimmage, let along summer camp. What we can say is the future of Iowa’s offensive line is bright.