Iowa addressed two of its recruiting priority positions Sunday when the Hawkeyes scooped up commitments from Illinois prep defensive back Camron Harrell and Mississippi high school receiver Brandon Smith.
The whirlwind relationship between Harrell and the Hawkeyes culminated Sunday afternoon when the 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback prospect from Bradley, Ill., announced his decision on Twitter. His pledge came one day after Iowa became the first FBS program to offer him a scholarship.
“I know I just got offered but I know my heart wants to be a Hawkeye,” Harrell tweeted. “I’m proud to announce that I am committed to the University of Iowa!”
Harrell piled up 931 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns last year fall for Bradley-Bourbonnais High School. He racked up 11 touchdowns in four postseason games and also starred in track. He finished fourth at the state meet in the 100-meter dash and placed 10th in the long jump.
He’s the second defensive back to commit to Iowa’s 2017 class. The Hawkeyes landed a pledge in March from Kansas prep safety Djimon Colbert.
Smith is the first receiver to join the Hawkeyes in this recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound three-star prospect from Lake Cormorant, Miss., picked Iowa over 11 other offers, including Colorado State, Memphis and Southern Miss. He caught 78 passes for 1,382 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior and also placed second at the Mississippi state meet in the high jump, clearing 6-8.
Harrell and Smith are believed to be the 11th and 12th players to commit to Iowa’s 2017 class. The Hawkeyes could be on the verge of adding to its crew of receivers. Texas prep Gavin Holmes told HawkeyeReport.com that “Iowa is definitely my top school and I plan on making a decision very soon.”
Multiple sources reported that California prep receiver Maurice Bell will announce his decision Monday. He listed Iowa, Colorado and Washington State as his three finalists.