IOWA CITY, Iowa – Several signs suggest that Texas quarterback Peyton Mansell will be the next player to join the Iowa football team’s 2017 recruiting class.
He is scheduled to announce his decision on Monday.
Mansell visited Iowa this past Friday and described his experience as being great.
He visited Minnesota on Saturday and said on Twitter that the trip was pretty good.
Iowa offered Mansell a scholarship in late May, while he Gophers still hadn’t offered as of Saturday.
In fact, Iowa is the only Power 5 school to have offered the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Mansell a scholarship as of Saturday.
Combine Iowa’s early interest in Mansell with Eno Benjamin’s impact in the recruiting process and it’s reasonable to believe that Mansell will be a Hawkeye.
Benjamin, a four-star running back from Wylie, Texas, has been recruiting for Iowa in his home state since committing to the Hawkeyes in April.
He told Tyler Devine from allhawkeyes.com that more than one player from Texas was on the verge of committing to Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class without being specific.
At some point in the recruiting process, Mansell appears to have supplanted fellow Texas quarterback Kamron Fields as Iowa’s primary recruiting target at that position.
It’s hard to know for sure what happens in the recruiting process behind the scenes because college coaches are prohibited from talking publicly about a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent.
What is certain, though, is that Mansell plans to announce his college choice on Monday, and that Iowa is considered the favorite to land him.
But he also has nearly 20 scholarship offers from schools that include New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Dakota State, Rice, San Diego State and Southern Mississippi.
So don’t assume that Mansell is a Hawkeye until it happens.
Gone Harris: Those who are frustrated or upset with defensive lineman Juan Harris de-committing from Iowa for the third time, remember, he’s just a kid trying to make the biggest decision in his young life.
And we don’t know all the facts and circumstances, whether it was a mutual parting of the ways or if something beyond Harris’ control initiated the change.
We also don‘t know if Iowa is even an option for Harris anymore and vice versa. Three times would seem to be enough for both sides to want to move on.
Oliver’s offers: Oliver Martin’s list of scholarship offers is growing in size and stature.
The 2017 receiver from Iowa City West added scholarship offers from both Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend.
Iowa fans responded immediately to the news on social media by wondering when and why Iowa hasn’t offered Martin a scholarship.
That’s a fair question now that two power five programs of similar ilk have offered a scholarship to Martin, whose stock has soared this spring.
It’s impossible to answer, though, because we’re only left to speculate on why Iowa hasn’t offered Martin. That kind of information from Iowa’s standpoint is usually kept confidential.
In fairness to the Iowa coaches, it wasn’t until recently that Martin started getting scholarship offers. He was under the radar until being named the most valuable receiver at The Opening Chicago in May.
And it’s not as if the Iowa coaches are ignoring Martin. He is on Iowa’s recruiting radar, but so are several other talented receivers, including four-star recruit Camron Buckley from Texas and three-star Maurice Bell from California.
However, Michigan could be hard to beat for Bell. He took an unofficial visit to Michigan over the weekend and raved about the experience.
It’s reasonable to think that Martin’s chance of getting an Iowa offer would improve if Bell picks a different school.
Sometimes with recruiting, you just have to be patient.