IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hawkeyes and head coach Kirk Ferentz landed a prized 2017 football recruit on Sunday.
A.J. Epenesa, the top-ranked strongside defensive end in the Class of 2017 according to Rivals.com, picked Iowa over a list of college football powerhouses, such as Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive force from Edwardsville, Illnois, gave his verbal commitment to the Iowa coaching staff Sunday during his junior day visit in Iowa City. He later announced his decision over Twitter.
— AJ Epenesa (@ajepenesa24) January 17, 2016
— Eppy Epenesa (@EEpenesa) January 17, 2016
The four-star player is also touted as the No. 27 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com. Epenesa is the fifth commitment for the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2017.