Iowa football fans lost their minds when former five-star offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor flipped his commitment to Alabama before Early Signing Day back in 2022.
But as the saying goes, you can go home again and while Kadyn Proctor hasn't announced his intention to return to the Hawkeye state to play for Kirk Ferentz and company, it seems like a forgone conclusion at this point with four crystal ball projections in favor of Iowa football.
Proctor was ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2023 recruiting class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-7, 330-pounder from Des Moines, Iowa, was also ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect.
Iowa football landed his commitment, but Alabama was able to flip him and Proctor earned a starting job for the Crimson Tide this season.
Yet, according to 247 Sports, the offensive tackle was considering entering the transfer portal after the Rose Bowl, but the decision by Nick Saban is what pushed him into the portal, as it did with others such as safety Caleb Downs, another five-star recruit in the 2023 class that started last season as a true freshman.
Michigan was another team that could be in the mix, but it became clear quickly that Iowa football is the favorite. The Hawkeyes haven't won a national championship or anything, but they have a solid program and have a history of sending offensive linemen to the NFL.
Iowa has also had some issues along the offensive line, but adding what would be one of the best offensive tackles in the Big Ten overnight would certainly help alleviate those issues. Things can change quickly in the transfer portal, so you never know, but this doesn't seem to be about NIL.
It feels like Proctor wants to return home to Iowa and it seems like that's what he'll do.