Less than three weeks ago, Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes suffered a major loss in recruiting when four-star running back Eno Benjamin de-committed from the program in search of greener pastures elsewhere. This week, the news was even worse for Ferentz and his staff, as four-star 2017 cornerback commit Chevin Calloway took back his pledge to attend school at Iowa.
Blair Sanderson of HawkeyeReport.com brought word of the de-commitment, and the report cites a direct quote from Calloway’s high school football coach. This is a massive loss for the Hawkeyes given Calloway’s stature, as the 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior ranks as the No. 12 cornerback in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
With two of Ferentz’s top five commits for the 2017 class backtracking, the hits keep on coming for an Iowa program that has also struggled mightily between the white lines during the 2016 season. The Hawkeyes will have an opportunity to right the ship in a big way by upending Michigan in Iowa City on Saturday night, but even if they pull off that massive upset under the lights, Iowa’s future is in a more precarious position after the loss of two top-flight high school prospects in a matter of days.