Keeping Iowa talent in Iowa.

With Wednesday being National Signing Day 2 (there's one in the fall), UNI did a good job of scoring in-state talent. Of the 30 student-athletes that signed on to play for the Panthers, 22 of them are native to Iowa.

UNI Football Coach Mark Farley said: "The success of UNI will always be based around the Iowa student-athlete. When you have players that grew up Panther fans and understand who we are, it is critical to keep those players here. The strength of the recruiting class is leadership. The players that we recruited have the capability to grow into those roles. They have the potential to be very productive, and leaders, because of their experience. They are winners with great character. I am excited because they really fit UNI and fit our team."

UNI's Iowa recruits are:

Cameron Baker • LB • 6-2 • 220 • Council Bluffs, Iowa • Thomas Jefferson HS

Spencer Cuvelier • LB • 6-3 • 240 • Cresco, Iowa • Iowa Central CC

Maverick Gatrost • TE • 6-5 • 235 • Center Point, Iowa • Center Point-Urbana HS

Caleb Lomica • LB • 6-3 • 205 • Alleman, Iowa • North Polk HS

Jake McLaughlin • LB • 6-3 • 215 • Defiance, Iowa • Harlan HS

Jared Penning • OL • 6-6 • 325 • Clear Lake, Iowa • Clear Lake HS

Logan Wolf • WR • 6-4 • 180 • Cedar Falls, Iowa • Cedar Falls HS

Matthew Cook • K • 5-11 • 174 • Cedar Falls, Iowa • Cedar Falls HS

Dawson Fenton • TE • 6-3 • 215 • Sioux City, Iowa • Bishop Heelan HS

Clayton Kempf • OL • 6-6 • 260 • Williamsburg, Iowa • Williamsburg HS

Isaac Jorgensen • K/P • 5-11 • 170 • Dike, Iowa • Dike-New Hartford

Liam McComas • FB • 6-2 • 215 • Iowa City, Iowa • Iowa City HS

Kendall Robinson • RB • 6-2 • 200 • Waterloo, Iowa • Waterloo East HS

Christian Seres • RB • 5-9 • 185 • Hudson, Iowa • Hudson HS

Reed Snitker • LB • 6-3 • 211 • Dubuque, Iowa • Hempstead HS

Luke Velky • DB • 6-1 • 185 • Waverly, Iowa • Waverly-Shell Rock HS

Jackson Leistikow • OL • 6-3 • 285 • Cedar Falls, Iowa • Cedar Falls HS

Tanner Sauerbrei • DE • 6-4 • 180 • Fairbank, Iowa • Wapsie Valley HS

Drake Shelton • RB • 5-8 • 185 • Decorah, Iowa • Decorah HS

Michael Zachary • WR • 5-9 • 170 • Des Moines, Iowa • Iowa Western CC

Jesse Hilby • OL • 6-3 • 260 • Dubuque, Iowa • Hempstead HS

Trey Lasek • DB • 6-2 • 180 • Ainsworth, Iowa • Highland HS