IOWA CITY, Iowa — Recruiting costs fluctuate annually for Iowa football, and the 2016 fiscal year was no different.
According to financial numbers obtained by Land of 10 through state open-records laws, the Hawkeyes spent $401,913 on football recruiting from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, figures reported to the NCAA as part of a year-end financial document.
The total marked a decrease of about $85,000 (15.6 percent) compared with recruiting costs incurred the previous fiscal year, but it was about the same as in 2012 ($403,305) and up significantly from 2014 ($347,037). In fact, in the last five years of reporting, expenses have increased and decreased in alternating years.
Iowa football recruiting expenses the last 5 fiscal years
|Fiscal year (from July 1 to June 30)||Expenses|
The NCAA document offers an annual snapshot, but it rarely shows the financial health of an athletic department. That’s especially true in recruiting, where commitment to football success sometimes is graded in expenditures.
The fiscal year financial document splits each recruiting cycle in half, which allows for ambiguous and confusing measurements as the fiscal year and recruiting year do not always match.
So, while Iowa spent less on recruiting in fiscal year 2016 than it did in fiscal year 2015, the Hawkeyes secured 17 football commitments during the 2016 fiscal year compared with 31 commits the previous fiscal year. That accounts for much of the financial disparity.
For the 2016 class, Iowa also locked up only five recruits from July 1, 2015 through Signing Day in 2016. All were from the Midwest (meaning fewer travel expenditures for coaches). Only one recruit in that time frame — Detroit OT Alaric Jackson — was not from a neighboring state or neighboring state’s metro area. He was the only recruit who committed to Iowa after Thanksgiving weekend in the 2016 class.
|2016 fiscal year recruits||Location||Recruiting class|
|Jacob Coons||Solon, Iowa||2017|
|Mark Kallenberger||Bettendorf, Iowa||2017|
|Levi Duwa||Kalona, Iowa||2017|
|Tristan Wirfs||Mount Vernon, Iowa||2017|
|Coy Kirkpatrick||Madrid, Iowa||2017|
|A.J. Epenesa||Edwardsville, Ill.||2017|
|Djimon Colbert||Mission, Kan.||2017|
|Ivory Kelly-Martin||Oswego, Ill.||2017|
|Camron Harrell||Bradley, Ill.||2017|
|Brandon Smith||Lake Cormorant, Miss.||2017|
|Peyton Mansell||Belton, Texas||2017|
|Matt Hankins||Flower Mound, Texas||2017|
|Shaun Beyer||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||2016|
|Noah Fant||Omaha, Neb.||2016|
|Manny Rugamba||Naperville, Ill.||2016|
|Kristian Welch||Iola, Wis.||2016|
Of the 12 recruits in the 2017 class who committed in the 2016 fiscal year, five were from Iowa, four were from neighboring states, two were from Texas and one was from Mississippi.
By June 30, 2015, Iowa had 19 commitments for the Class of 2016. Many of those upfront recruiting costs were charged to the 2015 fiscal year.
|2015 fiscal year recruits||Location||Signing class|
|Cedric Boswell||Beverly Hills, Mich.||2016|
|Austin Schulte||Pella, Iowa||2016|
|Lance Billings||Lorain, Ohio||2016|
|Romeo McKnight||Crystal Lake, Ill.||2016|
|Brandon Simon||Ramsey, N.J.||2016|
|Devonte Young||Waldorf, Md.||2016|
|T.J. Hockenson||Chariton, Iowa||2016|
|Nick Niemann||Sycamore, Ill.||2016|
|Toks Akinribade||Brownsburg, Ind.||2016|
|Amani Hooker||Brooklyn Park, Minn.||2016|
|Barrington Wade||Skokie, Ill.||2016|
|Kyle Taylor||Washington, D.C.||2016|
|Cole Banwart||Algona, Iowa||2016|
|Spencer Williams||Cedar Falls, Iowa||2016|
|Toren Young||Monona Grove, Wis.||2016|
|Nathan Stanley||Menomonie, Wis.||2016|
|Eric Graham||Prattville, Ala.||2015|
|Angelo Garbutt||Carrollton, Texas||2015|
|Nick Wilson||West Des Moines, Iowa||2015|
|Garret Jansen||Pella, Iowa||2015|
|Michael Ojemudia||Farmington Hills, Mich.||2015|
|Anthony Nelson||Waukee, Iowa||2015|
|Jerminic Smith||Garland, Texas||2015|
|Michael Slater||Chesterfield, Mo.||2015|
|Adrian Falconer||Leesburg, Fla.||2015|
|James Daniels||Warren, Ohio||2015|
|Nate Vejvoda||New Lenox, Ill.||2015|
|Emmanuel Ogwo||Mesquite, Texas||2015|