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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Here we go again
For the second time in less than a month, a 4-star recruit has decommitted from Iowa. Bishop Dunne (Dallas) CB Chevin Calloway reportedly confirmed his decision on Tuesday. The news shouldn’t come as a complete shock to Iowa fans, not after 4-star RB Eno Benjamin decommitted from the program last month.
Both players took visits to other programs, which is a no-no for verbal commits under Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz. This isn’t going to be another post on the recruiting policy in regards to Benjamin or Calloway. It was covered here and here.
It’s time for Iowa fans to come to grips with decommitments. This won’t be the last one, and Iowa losing more than expected this season isn’t a reason for it.
This could keep happening because of a combination of how Ferentz wants his commits to act and the way Iowa recently changed its recruiting approach.
The Hawkeyes are offering players earlier in the recruiting process and they’re going after a higher class of player, like Benjamin and Calloway. Decommitments are part of the recruiting world, especially when going after a 4- or 5-star player.
The battle for Cook was worth it. He earned All-America honors last season. He has rushed for 3,833 yards and 39 touchdowns over the last two-plus seasons.
Decommitments will happen with Iowa wading in these recruiting waters. It’s not always fun, but the payoff can be worth it, not just on Signing Day, but over the ensuing seasons.
OT Brett Waechter started the season as second-string on the depth chart. He quickly disappeared from it altogether early in the season. The reason why came to light on Tuesday.
Waechter announced he is leaving the football team, and explained his decision in a Twitter post.
— BRETT WAECHTER (@Waechter89) November 8, 2016
It sounds like playing football was a miserable physical experience for Waechter. The Wake-Up Call wishes him the best going forward.
Getting the vote out
Tuesday was Election Day and Ferentz was all about rocking the vote. In fact, he reminded the Hawkeyes to head to the polls.
“I encouraged all of them this morning to go out and do it,” Ferentz said. “There was a time in our country where not everybody was eligible to vote, so we shouldn’t take that for granted. There are a lot of people in this world that don’t have that option.”
Against No. 10 Penn State last week, OT Cole Croston didn’t play and TE George Kittle was limited.
It sounds like not much will change when Iowa hosts No. 3 Michigan on Saturday (8:12 pm ET, ABC).
Ferentz said that Croston, who is dealing with a leg injury, is day-to-day.
“It’s not great,” Ferentz said. “We’ll see.”
That doesn’t sound like a quote he’d give to someone expected to play. On the other hand, Kittle should play, but the playmaking tight end from earlier in the season may not return.
“He’s playing as hard as he can,” Ferentz said. “He’s not at 100 percent right now, and that’s just — it’s tough.”