Frank Darby, a three-star wide receiver in the 2016 class, has reportedly de-committed from Iowa.
The 6-foot, 184-pound prospect out of New Jersey is ranked the No. 166 WR in the class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He had been committed to the Hawkeyes since June 2015.
Iowa’s coaches reportedly wanted him to attend a prep school this fall before enrolling at the university.
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Darby’s high school coach, Robert Hampton, spoke to NJ.com.
“He qualified and got his SAT score where it needed to be, but the Iowa coaches wanted him to attend a prep school for some academic seasoning,” Hampton said. “Frank didn’t want that, though. He wants to play right away and he felt that after watching the Iowa spring game, that he could help the team out this season.
“It was a great meeting with Iowa. I want to make that clear. They treated him like family. The coaches were great. We had a great time. They just wanted him to go to prep school first. We agreed to disagree. They still want him bad and told us that if we’d reconsider, they’d still love to have him.”
Iowa’s 2016 class is ranked the No. 47 class in the country by 247 Sports.