With signing day a little over a week away, Iowa continued to put the finishing touches on its 2014 football recruiting class Sunday.
The Hawkeyes added two players to a recruiting class which now numbers 21 known verbal commitments.
In-state recruit Ross Reynolds, an offensive lineman from Waukee High School, announced on Twitter he committed to Iowa during a weekend visit to Iowa City and defensive back Miles Taylor of Washington, D.C., backed out of the commitment he made to Georgia Tech nearly 10 months ago when he gave Hawkeye coaches a verbal commitment.
The pair were among a group of eight 2014 recruits to make official visits to Iowa over the weekend, including six players who had previously committed to the Hawkeyes.
Reynolds, at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, was initially offered a gray-shirt opportunity by Iowa but was extended a scholarship offer last week.
He is the third offensive lineman to commit to the Hawkeyes as part of this year’s recruiting class, joining in-state prospects Lucas LeGrand of Dubuque Senior and Keegan Render of Indianola, and on Sunday, Reynolds became the sixth in-state player to indicate he plans to sign with Iowa.
“Just made it official. I committed to the Hawkeyes to play football next year!’’ Reynolds wrote on his Twitter account, attaching a photo of himself standing next to coach Kirk Ferentz. Three hours later, he followed up with another Tweet, “Feels great to be a Hawkeye,’’ and had changed his profile to read, “Class of ’14 Football Commit to the University of Iowa. Grind Hard. Stay Humble.’’
Ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Reynolds also visited Western Illinois, Northern Iowa and South Dakota in addition to Iowa.
A three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, Taylor made just two official visits, one to Georgia Tech one week ago and the trip he took to Iowa over the weekend.
A 6-0, 185-pound prep at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., Taylor was an honorable-mention all-metro selection last fall who also had scholarship offers from Massachusetts and Temple.
He trains with another Iowa recruit from Washington, D.C., Omar Truitt, and Truitt hinted on his Twitter account last week that another prep from the area was about to become a Hawkeye.
Taylor was the first player to commit to Georgia Tech in its 2014 recruiting class when he did so last March, but indicated during an interview with the website GTswarm.com last week the he felt overlooked by Georgia Tech coaches.
“Like I said when I first committed, I’m as committed to GT as long as they are committed to me and I don’t feel like it was there, the commitment between both of us,’’ Taylor said. “Many people just look at the kids and put them at fault for de-committing and some of that is true, but some of that is not true and goes back to the coaches.’’
Under NCAA rules, coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits until they have signed binding letters of intent. This year, the earliest that can happen is on Feb. 5.