IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s 2017 football class will always be as much about the players that didn’t make it to campus as those that did.
The team’s no-visit policy for commits was at the center of a series of high-profile de-commitments from Texas athletes during October and November. Coach Kirk Ferentz spoke out defending the policy during the season.
The de-commits took the Hawkeyes from a Top-25 recruiting class to one ranked No. 47 by 247Sports. Here is a recap of the five players who de-committed in the 2017 class, with their 247Sports composite rankings.
DT Juan Harris, 3 stars
Harris wasn’t a part of the in-season de-commits. He actually de-committed from Iowa three times in an 18-month span. He de-committed for the final time in June.
It was a strange recruitment to say the least. Harris is the type of big, athletic defensive tackle Iowa covets, but with the constant committing and de-committing, it’s probably best for both parties that Harris is heading to Indiana.
RB Eno Benjamin, 4 stars
Benjamin was arguably the top offensive player in Iowa’s class. Benjamin is a running back who combines athleticism, speed and playmaking ability. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant was everything Iowa covets in a running back.
He was very vocal about his support of Iowa on social media after his commitment, but he started the in-season de-commitments in October. He cited the no-visit policy as part of the reason for his de-commitment. Things turned a little ugly between Benjamin and the Hawkeyes. He said Iowa pressured him into a commitment and never informed him of the no-visit policy. He also visited another program without informing Iowa.
The Hawkeyes are still searching for a second running back to pair with 3-star tailback Ivory Kelly-Martin. Benjamin will play at Arizona State.
DB Chevin Calloway, 4 stars
The de-commitment of Calloway came in November, but it was in the works for a while. He committed to the Hawkeyes in July, but took in-season visits to Arkansas and Nebraska.
Calloway was Iowa’s top-rated defensive back in the class. There are three other defensive backs set to sign in 2017, but the Hawkeyes have not added another defensive back since Calloway de-committed. He has yet to commit to another program.
WR Beau Corrales, 3 stars
Corrales appeared to be a recruiting steal for the Hawkeyes. He committed to Iowa before a breakout senior year at Georgetown High School (Texas) in which he caught 90 passes for 1,158 yards and 14 touchdowns.
New programs showed interest in Corrales during the season. He wanted to explore his options, and Iowa’s no-visit policy wouldn’t allow him to do that while remaining a commit. So he de-committed 11 days after Calloway did.
Iowa then landed a commitment from 2-star Wisconsin wide out Max Cooper in December and 3-star Illinois wide out Henry Marchese in January.
Corrales committed to North Carolina following a January visit.
WR Gavin Holmes, 3 stars
Holmes was the third player to de-commit in November and did so four days after Corrales. Holmes disagreed with Iowa’s no-visit policy, and it played a role in his de-commitment. He pledged to play for Baylor earlier this week.