Iowa reels in key commitment from Florida prep K.J. Sails

Andy Hamilton
Florida prep defensive back K.J. Sails committed Monday to Iowa.

Iowa secured a commitment Monday from one of the last key targets on its 2016 recruiting radar.

Florida prep defensive back K.J. Sails became the 24th high school senior to join Iowa's class when he picked the Hawkeyes over more than 20 scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

In the end, the Hawkeyes beat Wisconsin and Cincinnati to land the 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from Gibsonton, Fla. Sails also reported scholarship offers from at least eight other Power 5 conference programs: Illinois, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Utah, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

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Sails picked up three-star ratings from and and four-star status from 247Sports, which ranks him the 27th-best cornerback nationally in the 2016 class.

Sails took an official visit to Iowa City on the weekend of Sept. 19 when the Hawkeyes topped Pittsburgh 27-24 on Marshall Koehn's last-second 57-yard field goal. Iowa picked up steam in pursuit of Sails as the Hawkeyes ran their record to 8-0.

"That matters a lot," Sails told the Register in October. "I love to win. … They've moved up (my list since the start of the season.)"

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