No, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz wasn’t surprised the Hawkeyes suffered their first de-commitment this week.
The Hawkeyes picked up 16 commitments before the season started. The problem with commitments before the Feb. 6 signing period begins is that they are non-binding. A player isn’t officially in at a university until they fax or mail or carrier pigeon their signed letter of intent to the coaches when signing starts.
So, Iowa lost Indianapolis DE David Kenney. No surprise. His dad was recently hired as a quality control assistant at Indiana.
HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert will take it from there. He also includes a might long list of recruits who’ll visit Saturday night when the Hawkeyes play host to Penn State.
Kenney now becomes Iowa’s FIFO recruit — first one in, first one out.
KENNEY MOVES ON
Well, it didn’t take long for that wavering to turn to full out 180 degree turn. Kenney announced this week that he was officially de-committing from the University of Iowa and no one should be surprised by that news. Kirk Ferentz certainly wasn’t shocked when the rumor surrounding the 2013 defensive end prospect.
“If someone’s dad works at an institution, you might imagine, we suspected this could be a possibility. Not to get specific about anything,” Ferentz said on Tuesday afternoon.
Kenney’s father took a quality control position within the Indiana football program in the spring and Ferentz, along with many others who cover recruiting, figured it was probably only a matter of time before he changed his commitment status. David Kenney has yet to make a verbal commitment to the Hoosiers, but that is really not a matter of if he will do that, but when.
Kenney and other Hoosier commits are also working on Hawkeye commit John Kenny to open up his recruitment once again. Kenny, a 6-foot-2 and 210 pound linebacker from Carmel, IN, committed to Iowa in late April, shortly after David Kenney. John Kenny is schedule to visit Iowa this weekend and says he is 100% committed to the Hawkeyes.
BIG RECRUITING WEEKEND
The Hawkeye coaches haven’t let the loss of one recruit damper their spirits. This weekend’s night game against Penn State will be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Iowa football program.
The list of prospects scheduled to be in Iowa City continues to grow each day and as of Wednesday afternoon that total is nearing 30 prospects from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 classes.
One of the more interesting names to appear in the last day is Reggie Spearman, a 2013 commit to the University of Illinois. Spearman committed to the Illini in early August and it appears that the 6-foot-2 and 220 pound linebacker is now looking around.
Making an official visit this weekend is Berkley Edwards, a 5-foot-9 and 190 pound speedy athlete from Michigan. Edwards is the younger brother of former Michigan standout and NFL player Braylon Edwards. He has made official visits to Minnesota and California this fall and Iowa is his last scheduled visit. He may wait on making a decision to see if LSU extends a scholarship offer.
In addition to John Kenny, nine other commits to the Class of 2013 will be on campus. That list includes WR Derrick Willies, CB Malik Rucker, Ohio’s Brant Gressell and Sean Welsh, along with all three in-state commits.
The Class of 2014 will be well represented and that list includes the highly regarded Ross Pierschbacher from Cedar Falls. The big offensive lineman was recently offered by Oklahoma. Other 2014 prospects visiting this weekend that hold offers include: OL Keegan Render, ATH Jay Scheel, OL Brian Allen, RB Mikale Wilbon, WR Austin Roberts, and QB Clayton Thorson.
We have the full list at HawkeyeReport.com and will continue to add to it as visits are confirmed.