IOWA CITY, Iowa – Until just recently, Texas receiver Beau Corrales assumed he would stay in his home state to play college football.
But now the high school senior from Georgetown, Texas isn’t so sure, the uncertainty caused by a recent scholarship offer from Iowa.
Corrales announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he was decommitting from Texas State and told AllHawkeyes.com that he was planning on visiting Iowa City for Iowa’s game against Iowa State on Sept. 10.
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"I just felt like I had more opportunities to explore than I did when I committed," Corrales said. "I want to be able to explore those options."
Iowa already has five Texas natives committed to its 2017 recruiting class. That includes quarterback Peyton Mansell and receiver Gavin Holmes, both of whom are friends with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Corrales.
The other Texas natives in Iowa’s 2017 class are running back Eno Benjamin and defensive backs Chevin Calloway and Matt Hankins.
"I was already pretty close friends with Gavin and Peyton before the offer was put out, and I’ve started to become friends with Eno since this past week," Corrales said. "It’s huge. And it’s the probably the biggest deciding factor in making my decision."
Corrales has heard a lot about Iowa since receiving the scholarship offer. Mansell and Holmes have raved about the fans and the facilities.
"I can already tell just by receiving the offer, Iowa City definitely loves their Hawkeyes and I love that," Corrales said. "The coaching staff, facilities, and program itself, are all top tier."
The next step for Corrales if he decides to seriously consider Iowa’s offer would be to visit Iowa City in order to get a closer look at the program and the school.
"I can’t say now," Corrales said about whether he plans to visit Iowa. "But that’s definitely one of the things that will be apart of the discussions that I will have with my family and coaches."
Texas State seemed to have the advantage since Corrales was committed to the school, but Iowa definitely has his attention as a power five school that is actively recruiting in Texas.
"I really like Texas State and the people there," Corrales said of Texas State. "But Iowa has a lot of my friends committed there and it’s an amazing program."
Texas State is located in San Marcos, Texas and is a member of the Sunbelt Conference. The school just recently started competing at the FBS level.
Iowa, on the other hand, has more prestige as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Hawkeyes also are coming off a 12-2 season and are considered the favorite to defend their Big Ten West Division title.
"It’s an absolute blessing," Corrales said of the Iowa offer. "And I really appreciate the Iowa coaching staff in thinking that someone like me, that doesn’t have a really a big name, can make a difference in their program.
"It’s extremely humbling, too, to know that they’d give me an offer because I know they’re not a program to just give offers out left and right. So I’m grateful that they believe I’m good enough to give an offer to me even with my commitment to Texas State."
Iowa currently has 16 players committed to its 2017 recruiting class, including two receivers. In addition to Gavin Holmes, Mississippi receiver Brandon Smith is also committed to Iowa.
Iowa City West senior receiver Oliver Martin also has a scholarship offer from Iowa. He attended Iowa’s 45-21 victory over Miami of Ohio in the season opener this past Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.