Iowa flipped the commitments of one of Florida's top prep running backs and two defenders once pledged to other programs on Monday, adding their names to the list of football recruits expected to sign on Wednesday.
Kyshaun Bryan, a running back from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, joined Trey Creamer, a cornerback from Georgia Class AAAA state champion Cartersville, and Iowa City High athlete Nate Wieland in announcing commitments to the Hawkeyes on social media.
Bryan had initially committed to South Carolina but ultimately selected Iowa over an offer from Pittsburgh and late interest from Miami (Fla.)
Creamer had announced a commitment to Minnesota in October but selected Iowa on Monday evening over offers from the Golden Gophers, Rutgers and Colorado State, while Wieland committed to Northern Illinois as a quarterback last summer but will begin his career with the Hawkeyes at linebacker.
They are part of a football recruiting class that now numbers 18 players and is expected to include 20-to-22 players by Wednesday, the first day that current high school seniors are allowed to sign binding letters of intent.
A product of the same prep program which produced former Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock, Bryan is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound back who re-opened his recruitment after South Carolina coaches said they wanted him to enroll as a grayshirt and join the program in the spring of 2018.
"Taking South Florida swag to Iowa,'' Bryan wrote in announcing his decision to join Ivory Kelly-Martin of Oswego, Illinois, in the Hawkeye recruiting class.
Rated by Scout.com as the sixth-best running back prospect in Florida and ranked as a three-star recruit on a five-star scale by Rivals.com, Bryan held scholarship offers from 15 programs in power-five conferences.
Working in a crowded backfield last fall at St. Thomas Aquinas, Bryan rushed for 737 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry. He also caught four passes for 71 yards and one score.
Creamer, who visited Iowa on the weekend of Jan. 20 and Rutgers last weekend, is a versatile athlete who thrived on both sides of the ball for a Georgia prep program that has won its last 31 games.
In addition to thanking family, coaches and teachers who have helped him throughout high school, Creamer indicated in his announcement he was thankful to be part of what he called an “exciting journey’’ in the recruiting process.
“I was able to take all five official visits and each and every staff and school treated me with the upmost respect,’’ Creamer wrote. “I sincerely thank them all for the opportunity to represent them over the next four years. But after much thought, careful and prayerful consideration, I have decided to commit to the University of Iowa.’’
Creamer announced his choice about six hours after Wieland announced that he would be the first Iowa City High player to sign with the Hawkeyes since A.J. Derby in 2010.
Wieland played quarterback for the Little Hawks, seeing only minimal time on defense, but he was recruited by Iowa as an athlete and will get his first snaps in practice next fall as a linebacker.
He announced Sunday that he was re-opening his commitment following a weekend official visit when had a chance to get to know Iowa coaches and many future teammates as one 17 recruits on campus.
Wieland said the chance to be a Hawkeye is something he always dreamt about growing up in Iowa City.
“When you grow up in Iowa City, playing at Kinnick is something you always want to do,’’ Wieland said. “I appreciate the opportunity that Iowa is giving me. I’m good with going to defense. I like that idea and I do think my time at quarterback should help me make adjust.’’
The Hawkeyes offered Wieland a scholarship last week, reflective in some ways of how the recruiting process worked for the 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete.
Wieland completed 110-of-196 passes for 1,671 yards and rushed for 741 yards while combining for 20 touchdowns as a senior for an 8-3 team at City High, an effort that followed a junior season which saw leg and shoulder injuries limit him to appearances in two games and kept him off the radar of many recruiters.
Like Wieland, Creamer was a dominant player offensively.
He accounted for 818 of his team’s 1,221 yards in postseason play and scored four touchdowns while rushing for 107 yards on 16 carries and catching two passes for 28 yards in a 58-7 win over Thomson in the state title game on Dec. 10 at the Georgia Dome.
He joins Djimon Colbert of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Matt Hankins of Flower Mound, Texas; Camron Harrell of Bradley, Illinois, and Josh Turner of Delray Beach, Florida, as defensive backs in this Iowa recruiting class.