Iowa signed a large 2016 class this past February but it could have been even bigger. Jersey City (N.J.) Lincoln wideout Frank Darby had been committed to the Hawkeyes but was unable to sign due to qualification difficulties.
Sources told Scout that it had much to do with a testing score and not a class grade. Those issues were seemingly remedied as Darby took an official visit to Iowa City for the Spring Game, a trip that he made with his high school coach.
Iowa was not ready to re-engage at that time with Darby, preferring that he take an alternative route before signing with the Hawkeyes. Darby de-committed soon thereafter, considering Rutgers, Boston College, and others.
It appears as if the landscape has changed once again. Sources told Hawkeye Insider that Iowa and Darby had re-connected. The former Hawkeye pledge confirmed those indications earlier on Wednesday.
"I speak to my recruiter still," Darby said in a message. "I'm just waiting for them (to say I can sign)."
It is safe to say the Hawkeyes have yet to close the book on Darby's recruitment. They could definitely use another wideout on the roster heading into the Fall. Tevaun Smith and Jacob Hillyer both graduated and Andre Harris has transferred. Despite those three departures, Iowa has only added one receiver in that same timeframe in 2016 signee Devonte Young. It has even spurred the Hawkeyes to use quarterback Ryan Boyle in the wide receiver corps.
Scout will continue to provide the most up-to-date information on the situation surrounding Darby as it warrants.