Indianapolis CB Julius Brents Commits to Hawkeyes

September 1, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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Julius Brents can’t remember a specific day or time when he felt Iowa would be his future home. The decision happened gradually over time.

That’s the way it should occur in recruiting. A prospect and a school grow together during the process. It creates a strong foundation.

It put the Class of 2018 Indianapolis cornerback at peace Friday when he announced his decision to become a Hawkeyes. He knew he arrived at the choice the right way.

“Over the past couple years the bond and relationship built has made it feel like home. I feel I can prosper there and become the man and athlete I want to be in the future,” Brents told HN Friday morning.

Brents (6-2, 179) brings to mind former Iowa cornerbacks Greg Mabin and Bradley Fletcher. He’s long, can run and moves his hips well for a taller guy.

Rivals ranks the Warren Central High standout as a four-star prospect and Indiana’s No. 2 player in ’18. The 247 networks sees him as a three-star and No. 5 in the Hoosier State.

“Today is a dream come true. As a young boy I always dreamed of this day and for it to actually be here is crazy. It’s been stressful at times but it’s all worth it,” Brents said.

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Brents chose the Hawkeyes ahead of offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and others. Iowa assistant Kelvin Bell led the recruitment.

“Coach Bell is my guy,” Brents said. “He’s done a great job of recruiting and I know he genuinely cares about me not as just an athlete but also as a person.”

Bell has built strong ties to Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes also landed cornerback D.J. Johnson (Rivals No. 5 in Indiana) and receiver Tyrone Tracy (No. 6) from the city in ’18. Larry Tracy, a ’19 cornerback and Tyrone’s cousin, is verbally pledged. He’s the state’s No. 5 player for his cycle.

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“I feel every last one of them can make a instant impact and help contribute to the winning tradition at Iowa,” Brents said.

Those guys ran together with the Indy Select 7-on-7 outfit all summer.

“We have a pretty good relationship,” Brents said. “We’ve bonded all summer and made each other better.”

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Brents brings Iowa’s commitment total in ’18 to 13. He joins Johnson and Pennsylvania’s Terry Roberts as cornerbacks in the group.

The Hawkeyes have four Indiana athletes in the class. In addition to Brents, Tracy and Johnson, Mishawaka High tight end Anthony Torres is on board.

Here’s a look at Brents’ junior highlights:

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