Just a few days after taking an official visit to The University of Iowa, 3-star Weequahic High School defensive back Ihmir Smith-Marsette has de-committed from Rutgers University.
Smith-Marsette had been committed to Rutgers since mid-December and, amidst the craziness, felt pretty stable in his commitment. However, a trip west to Iowa City appeared to have caused Smith-Marsette to re-think his future.
Officially landed in Iowa ✔️ ... Ready for my official visit— Ihmir Smith-Marsette (@_ihmirr_) January 20, 2017
Admittedly, this is some pretty poor timing for another defensive back de-commitment. Rutgers has now lost it’s second class of 2017 DB in about a week, with 3-star Bryce Watts flipping his commitment to Virginia Tech. With those two corners out of the picture, Rutgers is left with just four commits in the 2017 class who could play in the defensive backfield - Edwin Lopez, Tim Barrow, Naijee Jones, and Tyler Hayek.
As it stands right now, 247Sports lists Rutgers as having a 50/50 shot at re-signing Smith-Marsette in what will be a heated battle with Iowa. If Coach Ash wants to establish himself as a threat on the recruiting trail to the rest of the Big Ten, this is the time and place to do so.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is the 28th ranked recruit in the state of New Jersey and the 133rd ranked corner, according to 247Sports. He is the third ranked corner in NJ and the seventh ranked corner in the East region, according to Scout.com.
With another de-commitment going against the final tally, here is where the current recruiting class stands.