Backup lineman Sealby leaves Iowa for Southern Illinois
The attrition in Iowa football's recruiting Class of 2012 added another official tally with the school's confirmation Wednesday that never-used offensive lineman Reid Sealby has left the program.
Sealby announced on Twitter on Monday night his intention to enroll at Southern Illinois.
"Reid has chosen to transfer from the University of Iowa and complete his athletic and academic careers elsewhere," head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement released Wednesday. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best with his decision."
Sealby, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound native of Byron, Ill., spent three academic years in the Hawkeye program and never played. He wasn't among the two-deep in the spring game April 25. He'll have two years of eligibility with the Football Championship Subdivision Salukis.
Iowa's Class of 2012 only has 12 active players on scholarship, according to a detailed distribution chart at HawkeyeReport.com. The list of departures from that class includes: Kevin Buford, Greg Garmon (a four-star running back who after leaving Iowa was arrested for attempted robbery), Barkley Hill, Connor Kornbrath (senior punter who remains on scholarship but not in the program), Ruben Lile, Cody Sokol (QB used his final year of eligibility to lead Louisiana Tech to a bowl win), Laron Taylor, Daumantas Venckus-Cucchiara (graduated early) and Cameron Wilson.
When little-used scholarship players depart, that can be good news for someone else. As an example, Solon native and starting senior placekicker Marshall Koehn was elevated to scholarship status for this summer and fall.