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Crootin’: Hawkeye Commit Performance Recap, Week 2

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You know the names, now how’d they perform in this week’s high school football games?

Eno Benjamin may be the lead recruiter in the class of 2017, but is he the lead recruit?

With college football back, it’s easy to forget about the high schoolers kicking off the weekend. No worries if you missed the prep action from Iowa’s commitments, we’ve got you covered. All-in-all, it was another great week for the skill position guys Iowa has in the fold for the class of 2017.

WR Gavin Holmes out of Justin, Texas got the ball rolling on Thursday night by reeling in 10 catches for 240 (TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY!!!) yards and 4 (FOUR!!!!) touchdowns. As the kids say, eat, young man, eat.

Things continued to go well Friday night in the state of Texas. Everyone’s (apparently excluding ESPNU, who talked about Iowa’s recruiting class at halftime Saturday, only to mention the in-state OL commits and completely ignore the GOAT) favorite Hawkeye-to-be, Eno Benjamin, continued to show his passing skills off. Benjamin tossed the rock for 135 yards through the air with a TD. On the ground, he ran 21 times for 195 yards and a pair of TDs. For those of you counting at home, that brings his season totals to 351 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.

I honestly think Ivory Kelly-Martin, the RB out of Oswego, Illinois, reads the message boards and fine blogging establishments such as this and just uses the Eno love as fuel. Anything Eno can do, Ivory attempts to do better. Friday, on just 9 carries, the kid went for 161 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the season, he’s now at 383 rushing yards and 8, count them, EIGHT, TDs. This pair of RBs is going to be good.

Back in Texas, QB Peyton Mansell had himself a night. In just 3 quarters of action, Mansell went 11/13 for 120 and 3 TDs through the air with 132 rushing yards and two more TDs on the ground. After getting to enjoy CJB, I think Iowa fans are ready to stick with a QB like Mansell that can keep plays alive and keep a defense honest with his legs.

Over in Mississippi, Brandon Smith decided to get in on the action. The WR pulled in 6 grabs for 112 yards and 2 TDs. The kid has the frame and the speed to be a difference maker at Iowa and games like this don’t help me keep my feet on the ground.

Last, but not least, I’m going to keep updating you on Oliver Martin as I continue to pray he lets his inner Hawk fan comes out and signs on the dotted line. The Iowa City West WR hauled in 8 grabs for 109 yards and a TD Friday night. He also had a pick on defense. He then proceeded to enjoy the Iowa game in person Saturday. Please, Oliver, stop by every weekend. Ignore Oregon and Michigan and everyone else and just spend your Saturdays like the rest of us, glued to a TV or in Kinnick enjoying your favorite team. I beg you.