The first player to commit to Iowa’s 2013 football recruiting class became the first player to de-commit.
David Kenney, defensive end from Pike High School in Indianapolis, announced Sunday he had re-opened his recruitment after a weekend visit to Indiana, where his father is a member of the staff.
“I want to play closer to home so my mom can watch me play,” Kenney told the Indianapolis Star.
David Kenney Sr., a former Butler assistant, was hired in June as a quality control assistant on coach Kevin Wilson’s staff, two months after his son had verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.
David Kenney is ranked by Scout.com as a four-star recruit on a five-star scale and was rated by Rivals.com as the seventh-best prep prospect in the state of Indiana. The Star reported that Kenney could commit to Indiana before the end of the week.
With his decision, the number of players to announce verbal commitments to sign with the Hawkeyes in February is 15.
Honors for Meyer
Iowa kicker Mike Meyer received honors from the Big Ten and the Lou Groza Award organization on Monday for his work in the Hawkeyes’ 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan State.
Meyer was recognized by the Big Ten as its special teams player of the week for the second time this season after equaling a career high with four field goals against the Spartans.
The Groza Award group named Meyer one of three winners of its star of the week award honoring top kicking performances across the country.
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A junior from Dubuque Wahlert, Meyer connected from 23 and 28 yards in regulation before hitting from 27 and 42 yards in the overtimes to decide the game.
He has been successful in his past 13 field-goal attempts and 68 consecutive PAT kicks.
TV plans set for Northwestern
The Big Ten announced Monday that Iowa’s Oct. 27 game at Northwestern will be televised by ESPN2. The game’s 11 a.m. start time had been announced previously.