Iowa Lands 2nd Top 100 Recruit

Iowa lands their second top 100 recruit of the 2017 class with the commitment of Texas running back Eno Benjamin.

The last time Iowa reeled in multiple top 100 prospects in the same class was in 2011 when they signed linebacker Rodney Coe and offensive lineman Jordan Walsh. Before that was in 2005 when they landed five of them in tight end Tony Moeaki, offensive linemen Dace Richardson, Dan Doering, and Rafael Eubanks, and lastly wideout Trey Stross. 

Add 2017 to that rare company with the addition of running back Eno Benjamin of Wylie (Texas) East. He joins five-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa to make for multiple top 100 recruits in the fold.

Benjamin is a four-star prospect finishing up his junior season and ranked as the 99th best football player in America for his class. He chose the Hawkeyes over Missouri, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Michigan among others. 

The elite running back from the Lone Star State visited Iowa earlier this Spring along with Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Baylor, SMU, and Houston. He entered those trips with Iowa in the lead and finished them up with the Hawkeyes still out front. Iowa has maintained a stronghold on his recruitment since the winter and were the first school to offer him. Sometimes that has little significance but all indications point to that being very substantial in Benjamin's process. 

Iowa will look to go wire to wire and culminate this relationship with his signature on a national letter of intent in February. He's the ninth commit of the group and the second running back taken by Iowa, who reeled in a verbal pledge from Ivory Kelly-Martin of the Chicago area a few weeks ago. 

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