Iowa football lands commitment from Kendrick Raphael, 4-star running back

Alyssa Hertel
Hawk Central

Kendrick Raphael, a four-star running back from Naples, Florida, announced his commitment to the Iowa football team on Monday. Raphael shared his decision on Twitter.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back is ranked as the No. 64 player in Florida, No. 22 running back nationwide and is a top-350 player in the 2023 class, according to 247Sports Composite. Raphael was one several players who took an official visit to Iowa City this past weekend.

In addition to Iowa, Raphael also has an offer from Iowa State. The four-star running back also has offers from North Carolina State, Appalachian State, Boston College, Buffalo, BYU, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Howard, Louisville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Temple, Toledo, USF, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

Kendrick Raphael of Naples carries Logan James of Charlotte as he runs with the ball during the regional quarterfinal at Naples High Friday night, November 12 2021. Photo by Darron R. Silva/Special to the Naples Daily News

Raphael recorded 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns on 126 carries last season, according to his Hudl profile.

The Florida native is the first running back and first four-star prospect – on 247Sports – to commit to Kirk Ferentz’s 2023 class. He joins a strong group of in-state recruits committed to the Hawkeyes, including Alex Mota, Ben Kueter, Maddux Borcherding-Johnson and Aidan Hall.

Iowa’s 2023 class is currently ranked No. 20 in the country.

Alyssa Hertel is the college sports recruiting reporter for the Des Moines Register. Contact Alyssa at or on Twitter @AlyssaHertel.