Iowa Lands Top Running Back in Illinois

Iowa lands the top running back in Illinois, Ivory Kelly-Martin of Chicago.

Most of the buzz on the Iowa recruiting trail lately has surrounded running back Eno Benjamin out of Texas, a top 100 prospect set to make his decision in a couple weeks and has Iowa as his leader. He's garnered a lot of fanfare for his love for the Hawkeyes.

However, on Monday, Iowa netted a commitment from a different running back. Three-star Ivory Kelly-Martin of the Chicago area announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes, picking Kirk Ferentz's program over the likes of Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Syracuse, Toledo, and Western Michigan. He's a prospect that visited the Hawkeyes at their last junior day and received an offer at the time.

Kelly-Martin said about the offer soon afterward, "It was great. I loved sitting down and talking with Coach Ferentz. It couldn't have been a better feeling to know that a coach with the prestige of Coach Ferentz, who has invested 17 years into making the Hawkeyes into a national powerhouse, believes that my character and athletic ability would be a great addition to the program. But as with any offer, it's a proud moment."

Midwest recruiting analyst Allen Trieu had this to say about Kelly-Martin's game. 

"He's a very smart kid from a great program. He's not real big, but coaches say his quickness and open field ability along with the fact that he's a great kid and a hard-working kid is more than enough for them to look past his size."

His size is listed as 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. Some bulking will need to be done but I'd imagine that he could arrive on campus at about 190 pounds and let Coach Doyle and the Iowa strength and conditioning program take care of the rest. He seems to have a lot of the same characteristics that Jordan Canzeri possessed. 

And though I wasn't totally sure that Iowa would once again take two running backs, this most assuredly says that they will as there's no way they'd turn away Eno Benjamin in a couple of weeks. 

Kelly-Martin is the 8th pledge for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2017 class that will now inch closer to a top 15 group in the country at this time.


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