By Pat Harty
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football team lost a current player and a future player on Wednesday.
Senior receiver Charlie Jones has entered the transfer portal while Michigan defensive back Olando Trader, who was in Iowa’s 2022 recruiting class, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he has de-committed from Iowa.
Jones was named the Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year this past season, and he also caught 21 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
Jones had considered entering the 2022 NFL draft before deciding to return for another season. He participated in spring practice and was expected to be one of Iowa’s top offensive weapons next season, mostly because of his skill as a punt and kick returner.
Jones was listed this spring as the backup at wide receiver behind Nico Ragaini.
A native of Deerfield, Illinois, Jones spent his first two seasons at Buffalo before transferring to Iowa in 2019. He was a key contributor in each of the past two seasons.
Trader, who is from Jackson, Michigan, was among 18 players that signed with Iowa’s 2022 recruiting class.
Trader earned all-state, all-region and all-conference honors as senior while being named his conference’s most valuable player.
— Olando Trader (@OlandoTrader) May 25, 2022