2017 recruiting breakdown

By Tyler Devine

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football team's 2017 recruiting class has been going the wrong direction recently. Four of Iowa's six 2017 commits from Texas have de-committed due to Iowa's no-visit policy for committed players.

Iowa has quickly gone from 17 commits to 13 commits in its 2017 class. Two of those de-commits were receivers Beau Corrales, a native of Georgetown, Texas, and Gavin Holmes, a native of Justin, Texas.

Receiver would appear to be Iowa's biggest need in this class with Riley McCarron using up his eligibility this year and no other proven pass catchers behind him except for Matt VandeBerg, who is expected to be granted a medical redshirt and return next season after suffering a broken foot in practice on Sept. 26.

Iowa ranked next to last in the Big Ten this season in passing offense, averaging just over 161 yards per game.

The Hawkeyes still have one receiver committed in Lake Cormorant, Miss. native Brandon Smith. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Smith committed to Iowa on June 26 and has been quiet ever since. 

Iowa still appears to be in the hunt for Iowa City West standout Oliver Martin. Martin visited Iowa numerous times this fall after seeing his recruiting stock soar during the camp circuit over the summer. Martin, rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, has also taken visits to Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. He holds offers from all five.