Iowa’s football recruiting inroads in Texas produced its most significant 2017 commitment so far from that state Monday.
Four-star cornerback Chevin Calloway became the fifth Texan to commit to the Hawkeyes’ Class of 2017, announcing his decision live on Periscope.
Calloway cited "the great alumni, environment and genuine people" at Iowa when making his decision known. He also noted that the Hawkeyes have put at least one defensive back into the NFL in 11 of the past 17 years.
"I would love to have a huge impact," he said.
He should at Iowa.
Calloway is rated the No. 89 player nationally by Rivals.com and counted offers from pretty much every college football heavyweight: Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and dozens more.
In the end, he opted to join the growing Texas-to-Iowa pipeline that began with four-star running back Eno Benjamin’s commitment in April. The "Eno Effect" — named for the Dallas-area’s active recruitment of fellow Texans — has helped add a quarterback (Peyton Mansell), wide receiver (Gavin Holmes), defensive back (Matt Hankins) and now Calloway from the prospect-rich Lone Star State.
“Iowa has very good momentum going in the state of Texas right now. Kind of a ball rolling downhill,” said Greg Powers, a Texas-based national recruiting analyst for Scout.com.
“Texas is such a talented state. Every year, somebody (an outside university) gets hot, and it can last or it can be fleeting.”
Calloway becomes Iowa’s 15th commitment in its Class of 2017 and the second-highest rated, trailing only Illinois defensive end A.J. Epenesa (No. 34 overall). He is considered the nation’s No. 10 overall cornerback prospect by Rivals.
In June, Calloway (listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds) took an unofficial visit to Iowa City, where he hung out with Jim Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Desmond King and raved about the Hawkeye football facilities.
Calloway hails from Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, where he is teammates with another top Iowa target: Three-star defensive tackle Damion Daniels (6-2, 310), who recently tweeted that the Hawkeyes were in his top 12 — alongside programs like Florida, LSU, Michigan and Southern California.
Bishop Dunne is a private school and a football powerhouse loaded with talent at wide receiver, Powers said, meaning Calloway tangles with top receivers throughout the week and on game nights.
“He’s a guy who you can put on an island. He’s been battle-tested against good wide receivers. And he’s a guy who, despite his size, he’s under that 6-foot mark — he can hang one-on-one with bigger receivers because of his skill set,” Powers said.
“I can tell you that there’s not too many teams that want to try to test his side of the football field.”