Jirehl Brock is no longer visiting Iowa. What does this mean for the Hawkeyes?
Iowa isn't part of the Jirehl Brock sweepstakes anymore.
The four-star running back from Illinois confirmed to the Register on Monday he would no longer take his official visit to Iowa, which was scheduled to start Friday. He was asked if there was a specific reason why he wasn't visiting.
"I'm just not," Brock said.
He continued to say that he would still take his official visit to Iowa State, which was scheduled to begin Monday. Later, on Twitter, he announced that Cyclones visit would now take place this weekend — when the Iowa visit was originally scheduled.
Brock had been at or near the top of Iowa's recruiting board for much of the winter and spring. It was his first offer back in March 2017, and Hawkeyes coaches had developed a strong relationship with the powerful-yet-shifty back since then.
He went in-depth with the Register on his relationship with Iowa — and especially running backs coach Derrick Foster — in late May. His answers indicated the Hawkeyes should be considered one of the favorites to land his services, as was the general consensus in the recruiting community.
So, Brock's visit getting cancelled could mean one of a few things.
One, which seems most likely at this point: The Hawkeyes are done recruiting running backs for this cycle and have informed Brock of that. They're considered a near-lock to land Georgia three-star prospect Tyler Goodson when he announces his decision July 3. They also just picked up a junior college running back in Iowa Western transfer Mekhi Sargent, who just enrolled at Iowa and has three years of eligibility remaining.
Two: Brock simply eliminated Iowa from contention. He is also considering Iowa State, Minnesota and Northwestern (he's already visited the latter two). He just picked up a Notre Dame offer, so he could be swapping out the Hawkeyes for the Fighting Irish in his own final four.
Or three: Iowa is still looking at running backs, but for whatever reason, it and Brock parted ways.
Rivals was first to report Brock's Iowa visit getting canceled.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.