The first member of Iowa’s 2018 football recruiting class became the first recruit to de-commit from that class.
Mike Bruner, a linebacker from Mequon, Wisconsin, indicated in an announcement on Twitter that he was re-opening his recruitment.
“I feel I committed too early and believe it is in my best interest to take more time to make my decision,’’ Bruner wrote. “With that said, I am reopening my recruitment.’’
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior from Homestead High School initially committed to Iowa in October, one day after attending an Iowa-Wisconsin game at Kinnick Stadium. A two-time all-conference linebacker, he held offers from Iowa and Iowa State at the time he made his initial announcement.
Rated as a three-star linebacker by recruiting services, Bruner indicated in his statement that he reached his decision to back away from his commitment after discussing it with his family, calling it a “very tough decision’’ that took a lot of thought.
“I would like to say thanks to the entire Hawkeye coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to a part of their program and wish them nothing but the best,’’ Bruner wrote.
His decision leaves Iowa with three verbal commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois, linebacker Dillon Doyle of Iowa City West and running back Henry Geil of Green Bay, Wisconsin.