Iowa wide receiver Andre Harris and defensive back Omar Truitt are no longer with the program, according to Kirk Ferentz Monday afternoon.
Harris, a junior wideout from St. Louis, was one of the handful of receivers brought in by Greg Davis to improve Iowa's perimeter speed. At the time he committed, Harris was basically ignored by the recruiting services and had posted fairly pedestrian high school statistics. He never cracked the two-deep at Iowa, and his official Iowa bio says he never saw the field. According to Ferentz, Harris will finish the spring semester and then transfer, so the APR hit will be minimal.
Omar Truitt was far more ballyhooed in high school, a three-star defensive back who was ranked among the ten best prospects in the District of Columbia prior to his senior season. He chose Iowa over offers from Maryland and Syracuse; we made a big deal out of beating Mike Locksley for a recruit from the District, and with good reason. But Truitt picked up a DUI this winter and hasn't been seen since. Ferentz said he believes Truitt has already dropped out of school.
So, what have we learned from these experiments? One, that Davis' speed-grab in 2012 was an unmitigated disaster. Of the five receivers signed on National Signing Day 2013, just one -- Derrick Mitchell, Jr. -- is still on the roster, and he's playing halfback. Harris and Anjeus Jones did not play a snap before leaving, Damond Powell was good in spurts, and Derrick Willies is just kind of sad. When you throw in Nik Shimonek, Greg Davis' portion of his first recruiting class was basically a null set.
Two, Iowa still has trouble with recruits out of the District. In the decade that Iowa has focused at least some of its recruiting effort on the mid-Atlantic, it has pulled eleven commits from Maryland and D.C. Of those eleven players, three -- Jordan Lomax, Marcus Coker and Miles Taylor -- have started more than one game, and Coker had to transfer after two seasons. That's not a great ratio of success, especially given the outlay of time and considerable competition Iowa faces for those players. As a state, Iowa doesn't usually generate much skill position speed, and it must go elsewhere, and D.C. is one of those elsewheres. But if we can't do any better than a 30 percent success rate, there are probably better places to be looking.