The running back spot was getting a bit thin for Iowa after some attrition and graduation and they've finished the process of filling the void with the 2017 recruiting cycle. Ivory Kelly-Martin was already in the fold but now former South Carolina commit Kyshaun Bryan has also committed to the Hawkeyes.
Bryan is a three-star running back, formerly committed to the Gamecocks, from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. It is a powerhouse program that is also home to Illinois running back commit Mike Epstein.
The Hawkeyes top Pittsburgh, Oregon State, and Utah for his services in addition to South Carolina. Bryan had taken an official visit to Pittsburgh a week ago and was in Iowa City this weekend. He was also getting late interest from Miami, a school in his own backyard.
Other schools that were involved for Bryan at one time or another were Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State and West Virginia. Safely put, Iowa is landing quite a talent and a very worthy replacement in the class for Eno Benjamin who will be instead signing with Arizona State.
Bryan and Kelly-Martin will add to a running back group that is short on bodies right now with just Akrum Wadley, Marcel Joly, Toks Akinribade and Toren Young currently in the stable. The expectation is that one of Bryan and Kelly-Martin will redshirt while the other could see some sort of playing time to split up their years of eligibility.
Scout will continue to provide updates on all the recruiting developments leading up to National Signing Day.