IOWA CITY, Iowa - A member of Reggie Spearman's immediate family confirmed with Hawkeye Insider Wednesday afternoon that the sophomore linebacker is transferring out of the Iowa football program.
"Yeah he's leaving," the relative said on the condition of anonymity. "He loved Iowa but he had to do what's best for him."
Spearman, who started Iowa's first seven games this season, was one of four true freshman to see action in 2013. If he transfers to another FBS school, he must sit out a season before retaining two years of eligibility. If heads to a lower level, he would gain immediate eligibility and could play two seasons.
"From what I know, he is visiting some schools very soon," his relative said. "After that, he will make a decision after he discusses it over with family."
Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz suspended Spearman for two games in October following the Chicago native's drunk driving arrest. When he was reinstated, he'd lost his starting job, eventually to Josey Jewell.
In a depth chart released last week, Jewell was listed as the starter at middle linebacker and last year's LEO, Bo Bower, was the No. 1 at WIL, where Spearman started this season's first seven games. True freshman Ben Niemann was placed on the top line at LEO with Spearman as a second-team WIL.
Spearman totaled 48 tackles (14 solo) in 2014. He recorded two stops for loss and a sack. As a freshman, he played special teams and at defensive end in the Raider Package, a three-man front used on presumed passing downs.
Scout.com ranked Spearman as the No. 71 outside linebacker nationally in the 2013 Recruiting Class. The Chicago Simeon High product rated as a three-star prospect on the service's five-star scale.