IOWA CITY, Iowa – Veteran recruiting analyst Tom Lemming recently described the 2017 senior class in Iowa as being loaded with Division I football prospects.
The Iowa coaches apparently feel the same way.
Iowa landed its seventh player in the 2017 class, and its fifth from in state, when Bettendorf offensive lineman Mark Kallenberger committed to the Hawkeyes on Thursday. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Kallennberger announced his commitment on Twitter.
"I am very excited to announce that I will be furthering my education and football career at the University of Iowa," Kallenberger said on Twitter.
Kallenberger picked Iowa over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Missouri, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.
Iowa’s other in-state recruits are North Fayette defensive tackle Juan Harris, Madrid defensive end Coy Kirkpatrick, Mount Vernon offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs and Solon tight end/linebacker Jacob Coons.
The class also currently has two players from out of state: five-star defensive A.J. Epenesa from Edwardsville, Ill., and three-star defensive back Djimon Colbert from Kansas City, Mo.
Texas four-star running back Eno Benjamin also has had Iowa as his top school for several months, but hasn’t committed.