The Iowa Hawkeyes took a bit of a crushing blow with recent news that one of, if not the top recruit from the 2025 class, announced that he has decommitted from Iowa.
Nick Brooks, a four-star offensive lineman recruit from nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, took to X to announce that he has decommitted from the Iowa Hawkeyes and is opening up his recruitment.
This loss has some extra sting for the Hawkeyes and their faithful after the Kadyn Proctor debacle last year that saw him flip his decision to Alabama at the last minute. While Iowa isn’t out of the running on Brooks, this isn’t a place that they wanted to find themselves.
After talking with family I will be decommiting from the university of Iowa… My recruitment is still open 100% 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/uJubBdyksm
— Nick Brooks (@nicolai_brooks) November 7, 2023
“After talking with my family, I will be decomitting from the University of Iowa… My recruitment is still open 100%,” Brooks wrote on X.
Brooks is among the top offensive tackles in the country and has been viewed by some recruiting outlets as the top recruit in the state of Iowa, a territory that the Hawkeyes pride themselves on owning.
Iowa sits with the No. 29 recruiting class in 2025 right now per the 247Sports composite class rankings. This loss slid Iowa down in the rankings, but the larger issue that looms with news like this is what it could mean moving forward with talented offensive recruits.
Here’s a look at Brooks’ recruiting profile. Plus, a look at Iowa’s current 2025 outlook.
Nick Brooks' Recruiting Profile
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Notable other offers:
Iowa Hawkeyes' 2025 commits
Joey VanWetzinga: Three-star DT per Rivals. No. 4 player from Iowa.
Let’s call a spade a spade. The Iowa Hawkeyes are losing out on top offensive talent in recruiting due to their trend of offensive performances the last few seasons.
Can you blame a kid for this decision? There is little incentivizing a top recruit to go play offense for Iowa right now. That won’t change until there are drastic changes made to the offensive scheme.
How long does this trend continue? That is unknown, but it is one that the Hawkeyes must stop quickly before they continue to lose out on any more talent.
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