McDonough, Dennis, Kerr, and Marion were not very highly recruited wrestlers at all. Its always been Iowas style to turn "marginal" wrestlers into champions and marginal is so subjective it is all opinion anyway what you consider marginal. Spin it how you will, but Iowa usually picks up Iowa HS kids that are not Nationally noticed that much and turns them into Champions. Tell me a school that develops talent better than Iowa during the Gable and Brands years? If we track back to the Gable years, who Brands has studied under, do names like Jesse Whitmer, Daryl Weber, and Doug Schwab ring a bell? Sorry if it stings, but all that Cael has done so far is underachieve in his coaching career. He has shown that he can recruit, but what he does with that talent is far from impressive.
I know that McD (a 4.0 student) received interest from Northwestern and the Ivy League.