IOWA CITY, Iowa – A three-star running back from Illinois is the latest player to commit to the Iowa football team’s 2017 recruiting class.
Ivory Kelly-Martin, who is from Oswego, Ill., announced his commitment to Iowa on Twitter late Monday afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder picked the Hawkeyes over at least a dozen other scholarship offers from schools that include Illinois, Arizona and Wisconsin.
"I would like to thank all the coaches whom I have met and spoken with throughout the recruitment process," Kelly-Martin said on Twitter. "You have all made positive and lasting impressions that I will remember and appreciate throughout my life. I would like to announce that I committed to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Iowa.
"Go Hawkeye football."
Kelly-Martin transferred in January from Nazareth High School in Illinois, which he led to the Class 5A state title last season, to Oswego East for the second semester.
Kelly-Martin is the eighth player to commit to Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class, and the second from Illinois, joining Edwardsville, Ill., native A.J. Epenesa, a five-star defensive end.
Iowa could add another running back to its 2017 class on April 18, which is the date that Texas four-star running back Eno Benjamin will announce his decision. Benjamin has over 20 scholarship offers, but has said for several months that Iowa is his leader.
Here is Kelly-Martin’s junior highlight tape: