Strange things happen sometimes in recruiting — the Texas Longhorns rarely lose recruiting battles to the Iowa Hawkeyes, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday when Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback Chevin Calloway announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes on Periscope.
Calloway cited his comfort level with the coaching staff, the ability of Iowa to develop defensive backs, and the strong academics at Iowa as major influences in his decision.
Landing the nation’s No. 11 cornerback is a big coup for head coach Kirk Ferentz and his program, continuing an upward trend in the state of Texas after landing talented running back Eno Benjamin, wide receiver Gavin Holmes, and cornerback Matt Hankins. Iowa could also be a threat to flip Texas cornerback commit Kobe Boyce, who recently visited Iowa City with that group.
Calloway visited Iowa in late June, providing the needed momentum for the Hawkeyes in his recruitment. In the days before his decision, eight predictions for Iowa came in to Calloway’s 247Sports Crystal Ball.
The news comes after a strong surge for the Longhorns with Calloway throughout the spring and early part of the summer, including once for the Orange and White game in April and again in early June. Once considered on the outside looking in with the 5’10, 180-pounder, those visits seemingly made the ‘Horns a contender.
It just wasn’t enough to overcome the Hawkeyes.
Calloway is the top-rated cornerback in the state, a consensus four-star prospect, the No. 103 player nationally, the No. 11 cornerback, and the No. 15 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
His decision puts more pressure on Texas to keep Boyce in the class and uncover some in-state talent — the current out-of-state targets aren’t particularly interested and Kary Vincent is now the only uncommitted in-state target, but he’s likely to choose LSU when he eventually makes the announcement he put off several days ago.