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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Oct. 24.
What’s next for recruiting?
A bad weekend got worse for Iowa football. Wylie East (Texas) High School 4-star RB Eno Benjamin de-committed from Iowa on Sunday night.
I am officially opening up my recruitment!
Thank you & God Bless?? pic.twitter.com/Q3qILK12ni
— EB5™ (@eno_benjamin5) October 23, 2016
The news throws into question comments from coach Kirk Ferentz that it’s a policy, not a rule, that Iowa commits not visit other programs.
Ferentz is not a fan of Iowa recruits stepping on other campuses. That he’s clear on. Benjamin visited Arizona State earlier in October. Now, one of the top commits has chosen not to wear black and gold in college.
This de-commitment could have a ripple effect. That’s not meant to sensationalize the news. Iowa made a push into Texas and Benjamin was a key piece of that puzzle. He was Iowa’s most vocal supporter in the 2017 class and served as an unofficial recruiter for the class.
Then there’s cornerback commit Chevin Calloway, another Texas recruit, who is taking visits after pledging to play for the Hawkeyes. Plus, fear always exists in a fan base that recruits will de-commit during a season that doesn’t quite meet expectations.
Iowa entered the season in a great recruiting spot. Most of the 2017 class was in place. Now, Iowa enters the bye week on uncertain footing. The recruiting class is down to 16 players, but it’s too early to know if this is an isolated event or if it will spread.
Time will tell, though that’s probably not any consolation for a fan base that suffered a tough loss on Sunday, one day after seeing Wisconsin leave town with the Heartland Trophy.
Hawkeyes in the NFL
Sunday brought Week 7 of the NFL slate. Let’s recap how the day went for former Iowa players.
- LB Christian Kirksey finished with 4 tackles, 5 assisted tackles and 0.5 sacks for Cleveland. It was another good statistical day for Kirksey and another loss for the Browns. Cleveland lost 31-17 to Cincinnati and is still winless this season.
- DL Adrian Clayborn made 3 tackles and one sack for Atlanta, but the Falcons lost 33-30 to San Diego in overtime.
- Minnesota LB Chad Greenway recorded 2 tackles as the Vikings lost their first game of the season, 21-10 to Philadelphia and former Iowa OL Matt Tobin.
- Tevaun Smith was added to the Indianapolis Colts 53-man roster this week, but he didn’t make a reception in the Colts 34-26 win over Tennessee. DL Karl Klug made 3 assisted tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Titans.
- OL Andrew Donnal and the Los Angeles Rams went to London to play the New York Giants on Sunday. The flight back across the Atlantic Ocean was probably a long one for Donnal as the Rams lost 17-13 and the offense had a rough day. QB Case Keenum threw four interceptions.
- Three former Hawkeyes will be in the Monday Night Football game. OL James Ferentz and LS Casey Kreiter play for Denver; TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is with Houston.
Lots of links
- Western Dubuque (Iowa) High School wrestler Aaron Costello verbally committed to Iowa according to Chris Cuellar of the Des Moines Register.
- The Iowa defense was good, but needed to be great against Wisconsin.
- A second glance of the Iowa-Wisconsin game revealed that RB Akrum Wadley needs a bigger role in the passing attack.