Kadyn Proctor has been a long-time verbal commitment of Iowa but it looks like Alabama football is going to steal him at the last minute.
Five-star offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor has been committed to the in-state Iowa Hawkeyes since last June. But as Early National Signing Day approaches, Alabama football looks like it’s ready to flip the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class.
In the 247 specific rankings, Proctor, a 6-foot-7, 330-pounder out of Des Moines, Iowa, is the No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in 2023 and the No. 5 overall recruit.
The 247 consensus rankings have him ranked 12th overall and No. 2 among offensive tackles. But regardless of the ranking, there is no doubt it would be a huge pickup for Alabama and its No. 1 ranked recruiting class, as well as a huge blow for the Hawkeyes.
Keon Keeley who was once committed to Notre Dame just announced his pledge last week and also flipping Proctor would also give Alabama its fourth — yes fourth top-200 commitment at offensive tackle.
Nick Saban knows what it takes to win. This class is elite on the offensive and defensive lines. It also includes two quarterbacks and basically anything you could ever want.
Proctor hasn’t announced a decommitment or a flip to Alabama football yet, but it seems imminent. There are four crystal ball projections for Proctor at 247 sports including one from Steve Wiltfong and the On3 prediction machine now has Alabama football as the clear leader.
What it would mean for Iowa
The Hawkeyes don’t get many opportunities to land a five-star prospect. Kadyn Proctor was sort of the perfect storm since he’s from the state and plays offensive line where Iowa has had a lot of success developing guys for the NFL.
Trevor Lauck would take over as Iowa’s top-ranked commitment. He’s No. 418 overall and is ranked as a four-star prospect (the low end) but he’s the only blue-chip recruit in the class according to the 247 sports composite rankings.
Iowa has the No. 25 recruiting class but this will likely knock the Hawkeyes down quite a few spots. Iowa made a really good run at keeping Proctor but at the end of the day, Alabama is Alabama and it’s hard to say no to Nick Saban.