One of the class of 2016 signees for Iowa last year will not be remaining with the football program. Safety Lance Billings has left and has chosen not to enroll at Iowa for the Fall, he confirmed to Scout.
"Yes, confirmed that I'm not staying at Iowa," Billings delivered in a message to Derek Young of Hawkeye Insider earlier Wednesday morning.
Billings is from Lorain (Ohio) Clearview and was recruited by Iowa as a safety. He was an under-the-radar find by the Hawkeyes. His only other known offer was from Ball State.
He was a smaller player that showed great signs of athleticism and speed. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, it was likely that Billings was likely headed for a redshirt season his first year on campus as he awaited his turn. He'd likely be a free safety at Iowa but could have received an opportunity at cornerback.
This opens up another scholarship for Iowa to use on the 2017 class. They're currently holding pace now at 81 scholarships on the roster after walk-ons Tyler Kluver and Brandon Snyder get awarded their honor. That would mean 17 vacancies are open for use on the 2017 class. That number will likely now reach 20 due to normal attrition that could happen after the 2016 season, and possibly another before.
The full scholarship roster chart can be found HERE.