IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ihmir Smith-Marsette decided to attend Iowa on Wednesday, according to an Iowa football press release. In the process, the 3-star New Jersey wide receiver capped the Hawkeyes’ strong finish that ensured this would be the program’s best recruiting class since 2012.
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The Hawkeyes landed six players since Monday. The group, which includes four 3-star prospects, one 2-star and one 5-star punting prospect, accounts for 27 percent of the 22-person signing class.
The late additions are why the Hawkeyes were able to climb about 10 spots in the standings and enter Wednesday afternoon as the No. 40 class in the nation, according to 247Sports. The 2012 class ranked No. 40 and the 2011 class came in No. 27, according to 247Sports.
Smith-Marsette is part of the reason for the jump. He is a deep-threat option in the passing game who caught 38 passes for 773 yards and 13 touchdowns at Weequahic High School. He is the fourth wide receiver prospect at a position of need for Iowa.
It was an eventful week for Smith-Marsette. He de-committed twice before settling on Iowa. He first de-committed from Rutgers on Jan. 23. He originally committed to the Scarlet Knights in December.
He committed to Minnesota on Monday following an official visit this past weekend, but de-committed on Tuesday night just before National Signing Day. Smith-Marsette took an official visit to Iowa on Jan. 20.
Fellow Iowa 2017 signees started reaching out to Smith-Marsette to pick the Hawkeyes within the last 24 hours. He did so and, in the process, played a role in the Hawkeyes climbing in the recruiting rankings.
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