IOWA CITY, Iowa – Eno Benjamin has gone from trying to convince other players to commit to the Iowa football program to no longer being committed himself.
The four-star running back from Wylie, Texas announced on Twitter on Sunday that he was no longer committed to Iowa, saying "I have officially decided to de-commit from Iowa and fully opening up my recruiting process. Thank you to those who understand."
I am officially opening up my recruitment!
Thank you & God Bless???????? pic.twitter.com/Q3qILK12ni
— EB5™ (@eno_benjamin5) October 23, 2016
Benjamin committed to Iowa in April and then worked hard on social media to encourage other recruits to follow him, especially players from his home state of Texas. He was among six players from Texas committed to Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class.
Benjamin’s relationship with Iowa suffered after he reportedly took unofficial visits to Missouri and Arizona State.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has a policy in which players who commit to Iowa are prohibited from visiting other schools. A player risks losing his scholarship offer if he violates the policy.
"I took visits," Benjamin said in a text message on Sunday. "The coaches weren’t happy and couldn’t get over it. So they thought it would be best to part ways. That’s all there is to it."
Ferentz was asked about his policy during his weekly press conference this past Tuesday. The reporter didn’t mention Benjamin’s name, nor did Ferentz because he is prohibited from talking about a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent.
"I don’t think you can enforce it," Ferentz said. "You can have policies. It’s kind of like some of the things in our building, I tease our coaches sometimes, there’s policies and then there’s rules. Policies are policies. You can break policies. There’s no penalty. But rules are rules. The rules don’t forbid that, so there’s no, but we can have policies."
Tyler Devine contributed to this article.