One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2017 recruiting class, position by position:
Kyshaun Bryan, 5-10, 210, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Ivory Kelly-Martin, 5-11, 195, Plainfield, Ill. (Oswego East HS)
KYSHAUN BRYAN: Played on three state championship teams, as a freshman and sophomore at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, and as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. … Transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior season. … Rushed 107 times for 737 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior on a St. Thomas Aquinas team that ranked as high as fifth in the nation. … Rushed for 646 yards on 96 carries during his junior season at American Heritage High School. … Carried 96 times for 825 yards and seven scores as a sophomore on a state championship team at American Heritage.
IVORY KELLY-MARTIN: Was an all-state selection in Illinois as a junior and senior. … Split his high school career between Nazareth Academy, where he competed as a freshman and sophomore, and Oswego East. … Played on a state championship team at Nazareth Academy as a sophomore and at Oswego East as a junior. … Established an Illinois state title game record with a 96-yard touchdown run in 2015 with Oswego East. … Rushed for 1,360 yards and 22 scores and caught 19 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns last fall as a senior after gaining 2,036 yards and scoring 36 times on 190 carries in 14 games as a junior. … Was named the Southwest Prairie Conference offensive MVP last fall. … In addition to football, lettered in track as a sprinter and hurdler, wrestling and volleyball.
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Bryan:
“We started getting onto (Bryan) in December and evaluating him during the dead period (in recruiting). We did a lot of evaluation down in Tampa (while Iowa was at the Outback Bowl ). The next step was to get in front of him and try to learn more about him and the kind of person he is. He’s got an unbelievable mom and dad, tremendous people. He’s an impressive young man and we think he’s going to fit really well. His running style fits well with what we do.’’
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Kelly-Martin:
“Ivory is a different type of running back (compared to Bryan), but I think that’s good, diversity with the way they approach things.’’
Starter: Akrum Wadley, senior
Back-ups: Toks Akinribade, soph.; Marcel Joly, jr.
Toks Akinribade, sophomore
Toren Young, redshirt freshman