IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Class of 2018 for Iowa wasn’t hit as hard by de-commitments as the Class of 2017.
Still, the Hawkeyes were left having to fill spots they figured already were filled, especially at linebacker.
No program wants to deal with de-commitments, but in the 21st-century recruiting world, it is an inevitability. Iowa only having three in the Class of 2018, with none viewed as high-profile prospects, is about the best a program can hope for.
Here is a recap of the de-commitments, and their rankings are from the 247Sports composite index:
LB Mike Bruner (Thiensville, Wis.) — Committed to North Dakota State
Iowa was in on Mike Bruner early, offering him in July 2016. The move appeared to pay off. Bruner, who attends Homestead High School in Wisconsin, committed to the Hawkeyes in October 2016.
It was great news for the team because it gave the Hawkeyes a head start on one of their biggest needs in this class. Four senior linebackers played their final game in the Pinstripe Bowl.
But the commitment didn’t last long. Bruner de-committed last April, saying he accepted an offer too early in the recruiting process.
He ended up committing to North Dakota State in December.
TE Anthony Torres (Mishawaka, Ind.) — Signed with Western Michigan
At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Anthony Torres is a tall, athletic passing-game threat. On paper, he seems like an ideal fit at Iowa. It is probably why the Hawkeyes recruited him. Torres committed in July 2017. Torres, an Indiana native, was set to play his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida but suffered a season-ending injury shortly after arriving on campus. He soon after returned to Indiana for his senior year.
His de-commitment came abruptly on Dec. 7. Three days later, he committed to Western Michigan and signed with the Broncos during the early signing period.
Iowa never replaced Torres in the Class of 2018 but is well positioned at tight end for the future with Noah Fant coming off his sophomore season and T.J. Hockenson emerging as a redshirt freshman.
LB Ben Van Sumeren (Essexville, Mich.) — Signed with Michigan
It didn’t take Iowa long to land a commitment from the Garber High School (Mich.) product. The Hawkeyes offered on Oct. 10. He committed on Nov. 10.
Ben Van Sumeren likely ends up at Iowa if Michigan doesn’t enter the recruiting picture in December. He grew up a Wolverines fan and committed to Michigan on Dec. 17 after taking an official visit. He signed with Michigan on Dec. 20.
The loss of Van Sumeren, so close to the early signing period, stung. Iowa signed 2-star Washington High School (S.D.) linebacker Seth Benson after Van Sumeren de-committed, but the Hawkeyes are chasing one more linebacker to round out the class.