Iowa lost a commitment earlier this week when Tampa (Fla.) defensive back K.J. Sails de-committed after only being a part of the class for a couple weeks. The Hawkeyes have 23 commits and likely two spots available. A cornerback and an offensive tackle are the top priorities.
They're moving quickly at corner as Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb senior Jordan Eastling will take yet another visit to Iowa City this weekend. He's already been to the Hawkeye campus a few times and his return trip will come on the heels of a defensive back spot in the class opening up.
Eastling stresses that Sails departing has nothing to do with his decision to make the trip for the Purdue game.
"No, they already wanted me to come back," he said of the Iowa staff. "They were still actively recruiting me even while he was committed."
The Hawkeyes are starting to reap the rewards of an incredibly successful season on the recruiting trail. Eastling isn't the only prospect that is anxious to take a visit to Iowa and possibly join the class. They have a few current seniors across the country that play defensive back that are considering heading to Iowa for a visit to have the opportunity to be a Hawkeye. A lot of it stems from their elevated status in college football.
Eastling may have a tiny window to operate in, in terms of Iowa being an option. He does have a sped-up timeling for his college commitment.
"I hope to have my decision made by the end of this month," he pointed out to Scout.
That quick turnaround certainly makes sense as the Iowa coaching staff moves very quickly to fill the spot vacated by Sails. They're in a good spot with Eastling so it's very possible that the cornerback spot in the class is filled by this weekend one way or another.
"I'm visiting Iowa this weekend and they're in my top five," Eastling admitted. "The other schools are Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, and Western Kentucky. I like Iowa. Coach Woods has been telling me that I would be a great fit and how they love my athleticism. I play both sides of the ball and return kicks and they really like that about me."