Hawkeyes land first class of 2017 commitment

Andy Hamilton
Iowa has its first commitment to the class of 2017.

The first piece of Iowa football's 2017 recruiting class snapped into place Monday when the Hawkeyes landed a commitment from Madrid's Coy Kirkpatrick.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive lineman collected 29 tackles and had a hand in five tackles for loss as a sophomore.

Kirkpatrick's decision comes on the heels of a busy in-state recruiting weekend for the Hawkeyes, who landed Cedar Falls offensive lineman Spencer Williams and offered at least three other Iowans in the 2016 class.

"Well, it's an awesome school with a good football history," Kirkpatrick wrote late Monday night in a message to the Register. "Especially it being that close to home, it felt like a dream coming true."

North Fayette Valley defensive lineman Juan Harris had been the charter member of Iowa's 2017 class. He committed to the Hawkeyes twice before backing out of his pledge both times.