Top Iowa recruit headed to East Lansing

July, 29, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

I normally wouldn't post about a recruit decommitting from a school because it happens so much, but this holds greater significance, given the recent events at Iowa. Offensive tackle David Barrent, one of the top recruits in Iowa's 2009 class, has backed out of his verbal commitment and will head to Michigan State, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register.

Barrent admitted Iowa's recent off-field problems played a role in his decision.

"The fact that it was in the press so much brought up thoughts of other schools even more," Barrent told the Register. "I kept thinking about what I can have elsewhere."

Ouch.

Iowa's program has come under fire after a wave of off-field incidents, including an alleged sexual assault involving two former football players. Head coach Kirk Ferentz is among the university officials being investigated for a second time about how the alleged incident was handled.

Ferentz probably isn't going anywhere, but if he continues to lose games -- and top recruits -- Iowa might look to make a change. The situation at Michigan State certainly seems more stable with Mark Dantonio. Wonder if Rich Rodriguez loaned Dantonio some snake oil? Kidding, kidding.

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