Another week, another great set of performances from the skill position guys committed to Iowa’s class of 2017. By now, you know the names and probably the faces. Here are the numbers.
Eno Benjamin kicked things off for the incoming recruits with a game Thursday night. While I’m sure he was disappointed as his Wylie East team lost its first game of the season to third-ranked Denton Ryan, it was yet another very solid performance from the 4-star RB/QB/punter. Benjamin racked up 142 yards and 2 rushing TDs while also throwing for 24 yards and a TD (pictured above). The kid literally does it all for his team (including booting 53-yard punts to pin opponents inside their own 10 yard line) and the hype train is going to keep chugging along until he’s in Iowa City.
For Kelly-Martin, that's his 3rd straight week with 4 TD's. He has 12 TD's through 3 games this season. https://t.co/xUi9cnEjNm— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) September 10, 2016
Once again, Ivory Kelly-Martin had himself a night. A short night, but a helluva night indeed. He ran the ball 9 times for 98 yards and a pair of TDs and also had 81 receiving yards and another pair of TDs. In the first half. Oswego East was up 58-0 at the half and basically all the first teamers got to enjoy the second half from the sidelines as they went on to beat Joliet Central 71-0. Really interested to see what kind of numbers this kid puts up when his team is forced to play him a whole game.
Back in Texas, QB Peyton Mansell had another impressive performance. He finished 13/16 with 212 passing yards and 4 TDs. Three of his four scores came in the first half in what was another blowout for the Belton Tigers, who won 70-35 over Stony Point HS.
The pair of WRs in the fold for the class of 2017 rounded things out with a couple of very solid performances. Gavin Holmes finished with 4 catches, but managed to rack up 91 yards and a TD. Brandon Smith did his part in a losing effort. His Lake Cormorant (MS) squad lost 24-21 to DeSoto Central, but he managed to haul in 8 grabs for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Off the field, the Hawkeyes hosted more than 40 recruits for the Iowa State game Saturday night, including several class of 2017 commitments. Among them were local products Jake Coons, Tristan Wirfs, Levi Duwa and Coy Kirkpatrick, as well as all-world defensive end AJ Epenesa. A few potential additions to the class of ‘17 were also in attendance, including Florida athlete Chauncey Smart and DB Zamari Maxwell, Indiana athlete Russ Yeast and recently offered Texas WR Beau Corrales. In addition to the class of 2017 recruits, there were a slew of 2018 targets, including some high profile names like Daniel Parker and Micah Jones.