Gavin Holmes, a three-star wide receiver out of Texas, has decommitted from the Iowa Hawkeyes, citing concerns with how the staff handled his fellow Texan recruit Eno Benjamin.
Benjamin is a four-star running back out of Wylie East High School in Texas. He was one of the most highly-rated members of Iowa's 2017 class, until he backed out of his commitment on October 23. While Iowa cannot comment on unsigned players, every indication is that a rift opened between player and school when Benjamin decided to take visits elsewhere. From The Gazette:
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff have policies, but not necessarily rules, when it comes to recruiting. Among those policies, sent to recruits who offer a verbal commitment, is that “you must not visit another institution.”
After rumors of tension between the two sides surfaced last weekend, thanks to the visits, Ferentz was asked about it during his weekly news conference on Tuesday. By rule, he’s not allowed to discuss specific recruits, so he did not mention Benjamin by name, but he addressed the scenario of a recruit taking another visit after committing.
Now, Gavin Holmes, a second Iowa commit out of Texas, will no longer be heading to Iowa City. He put out a lengthy statement about his decision on Twitter, directly citing the Eno Benjamin issue.
The full note:
"This is probably one of the toughest decision i have ever made...And what i've learned through this whole recruiting process is that i just have to follow my gut. I wanted to be committed somewhere before the season started, and at the time, i had a great feeling about Iowa, and i thought it was the place for me. Having family ites, and being from iowa i thought i found my home for the next 4 years. Unfortunately i've had a change of heart, and realized that maybe Iowa isn't my fit. The whole situation that happened with my brother Eno, and Iowa's policy and how they went out and offered a committed prospect and tried getting him to visit, when their recruits were not allowed to take visits at all just didn't sit very well with me, and i think it was handled completely wrong. I also realized that Iowa's offense is not my style of offense, and that they aren't going to change their system just for me. Believe me, i never thought i would have to de-commit from a school again, but after talking with my family and a bunch of prayer, i have decided to re-open my recruitment and de-commit from the University of Iowa. This is just the best decision i could make right now, for my family's, and my own sake. Thank you to the Iowa staff for believing in me, and giving me this opportunity! And another s/o to the fans, and the love i have received as a commit. Thank you to those who understand. No interviews please."
Gavin Holmes is a three-star wide receiver out of Northwest High School.
He had previously been committed to Duke football, before flipping to Iowa in June.