Just a few days after Iowa added two promising players to its recruiting ledger, the Hawkeyes lost its former first commitment of the class of 2018.
April 26, 2017
Bruner first committed to the program back in late October. The three-star linebacker out of Mequon, WI, only has one offer besides Iowa’s according to Rivals: Iowa state. He is also apparently gleaning interest from Wisconsin, Michigan and Northwestern.
Bruner plays for Homestead, which is a perennial powerhouse in Wisconsin for high school ball. It seems reasonable that he may want to test the recruiting waters as he takes on a larger role for one of the most recognizable programs in the midwest.
This isn’t an uncommon happening for Iowa, let alone college football in general. These are teenagers making a decision that will impact the rest of their lives. It’s not to be taken lightly.
It is a little interesting to see this from Bruner, though. He Tweeted the following just a couple months ago:
Finally back at home #IowaCity #swarm18— Mike Bruner (@MikeBruner35) March 5, 2017
Iowa city— Mike Bruner (@MikeBruner35) March 4, 2017
To steal from a BHGP staffer: “I'm not a fan of super early commitments and the pressure the staff puts on kids to do so. If they aren't from Iowa and you pressure them to commit early there's a good chance at a de-commit.”
We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again.
Best of luck to Mr. Bruner as he re-opens his recruitment. Just please, don’t go to Wisconsin.*
*He’s totally going to Wisconsin.