Earlier this week, 4-star RB Eno Benjamin announced he was decommitting from Iowa.
On Wednesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz addressed recruiting when it comes to commitments changing their minds.
“You can’t lose what you never had,” Ferentz said, meaning commits aren’t yet signed. It was a way Ferentz could address the Benjamin situation without mentioning the Wylie (Texas) East High star by name — typically a violation if the player is not enrolled in college.
Ferentz added that he believes the recruits hold the cards in the recruiting world. It came off as his way of publicly trying to say there is no ill will held toward Benjamin, even if he can’t address him by name.
“That’s one thing I’ve always believed and certainly it’s true in recruiting,” Ferentz said. “You go back to the recruits, and prospects have all the rights and we really have none. That’s really the way it is, and that’s really the way it should be.”
The Benjamin decommit stems from him taking visits to Arizona State and Missouri. Ferentz has a policy in which he prefers that commits don’t visit other programs.
“We have a way we like to operate, the way we think is proper,” Ferentz said. “And ultimately what we try to do is encourage recruits to early commit to us, to make sure that they really mean it, that’s what they fully intend to do. And then if they do that, that’s fine. But otherwise we encourage them to keep looking around. And whenever they come to the decision they want to come to Iowa, we’re certainly happy to accept that.”
Ferentz said decommitments will happen until there’s an early signing period. He addressed the early signing period again on Wednesday.
“So until there is an early signing date you’re going to see activity with commitment, all this type of thing, it hardly comes as a surprise to us,” Ferentz said. “Quite frankly, that’s why some schools are opposed to early signing for that very reason, just so there’s a chance to have that type of activity.”
Here’s Benjamin’s Twitter post about decommitting:
I am officially opening up my recruitment!
Thank you & God Bless?? pic.twitter.com/Q3qILK12ni
— EB5™ (@eno_benjamin5) October 23, 2016
Kirk Ferentz says de-commitments will happen until there's early signing period. Schools that oppose early signing want that option to flip.
— Derek Young (@DYoungScout) October 26, 2016