There wasn't exactly a lot of Iowa football news that came to light during Big Ten Media Days, but one thing that we did learn about was another transfer: defensive back Solomon Warfield is leaving Iowa City in his rearview mirror.
Sophomore safety Solomon Warfield is transferring, per the UI. He was an area code from playing time.— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) July 30, 2015
Warfield was a member of Iowa's 2013 recruiting class and, on paper, one of the more interesting members of that group. He was a 3* recruit, but had a solid set of offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, and West Virginia. Unfortunately, he was never able to make a dent on the depth chart -- or on the field -- during his two years at Iowa. He took a redshirt in 2013 and his only recorded action last year came in Iowa's blowout win over Indiana, though he logged no official statistics in that game.
The recruiting services listed Warfield as a safety when he arrived at Iowa and despite uncertainty in that position unit over the past few seasons, he was unable to get his foot in the door there. It was probably telling that when a safety job opened up this off-season (following the graduation of John Lowdermilk) it was filled by Miles Taylor (SO) and Brandon Snyder (RS FR), both members of Iowa's 2014 recruiting class, and guys who'd been on campus a year less than Warfield.
Warfield becomes the 7th member of Iowa's 2013 recruiting class to leave, joining LB John Kenny, LB/DE Reggie Spearman, DB Malik Rucker, WR Derrick Willies, QB Nic Shimonek, and OL Colin Goebel, (WR Damond Powell is also no longer around from that class, but for different reasons -- as a JUCO recruit, he came to Iowa with only two years of eligibility, which he used up in 2013 and 2014.) That attrition isn't reaching the levels of some other classes -- yet -- but it's still unsettling, especially since this class is one that Iowa should be expected to rely upon over the next few years.
Best of luck wherever you land, Solomon. It's too bad it didn't work out at Iowa.