As with everything else this year, Iowa’s recruiting in 2020 has been a wild ride. Back in the spring, Iowa’s class of 2021 was rolling. The Hawkeyes had a top-15 class nationally for several weeks and saw an onslaught of commitments over a very short period of time in March and April.
But now, it’s been roughly four months since Iowa last got a commitment. And the last one they received, in June, was a re-commitment from a player who had previously decommitted. Today, that same player has again decommitted as Jordan Oladokun announced he is reopening his recruitment.
It was then roughly six weeks before Oladokun reversed course and pledged to the Hawkeyes again, in the midst of the upheavel surrounding the early July revelations about racial injustice within the program. Since that time, the Tampa native has been vocal on social media about his excitement for getting to Iowa City, interacting with other current commits and even actively recruiting a number of other targets for the Iowa staff in this cycle.
Iowa City I can’t wait!— Jordan Oladokun (@JordanOladokun) October 15, 2020
Now, 4 days after proclaiming his excitement, Oladokun is no longer committed to Iowa. Given the news late on Sunday that 8 former players had sent a letter demanding compensation and the firing of both Kirk and Brian Ferentz, coupled with the phrasing of Oladokun’s decommitment, it’s clear the racial issues are a driving factor.
The Gaither High standout has been doing well in his senior season. On offense he’s totaled 183 yards and 3 touchdowns on 12 receptions while adding 3 tackles and 2 passes broken up through four games. Gaither is currently undefeated.
With the loss of Oladokun, Iowa’s class of 2021 now has 16 members. Ida Grove native Cooper DeJean becomes the Hawkeyes’ lone defensive back commit in the class and Iowa no longer has a commit from outside the midwest (QB commit Joey Labas is from Ohio, which we’ll include here).
Look for the Iowa staff to begin extending additional offers now that they have some senior film to evaluate. The Hawkeyes are still expected to take roughly 20 commits in the class.
Best of luck to Jordan Oladokun.