Sting Factor: David Caulker’s flip from Iowa to Iowa State

When a major program loses a key recruit, Rivals.com examines how hard it is for each school and analyzes it on a local and national level. To quantify the “streak” of each release, we assign a score from one to ten, with one being no big deal and ten being a disastrous hit.

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THE PLOT

David Caulker signed practically on the spot in Iowa in June.

The three-star Des Moines (Iowa) North defensive end worked at the Hawkeyes’ summer camp with a focus on getting an offer from them, he landed it after an impressive performance and when he left campus, Caulker made his promise.

But the state of Iowa never stopped recruiting him.

In the last few months, especially, Caulker has heard about the Cyclones, and over the past few weeks the Des Moines North standout has been in frequent communication with the coaches at Ames.

In recent days, the move from Iowa to Iowa State happened as Caulker said he felt “Iowa State has been calling me since they offered me.”

Caulker is a prolific defenseman who has had multiple seasons of double-digit, double-digit losses. He is the second decommit in the 2023 recruiting class in Iowa, alongside four-star RB Kendrick Raphael.

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LOCAL RESPONSE

As a state prospect, it’s always a recruiting battle you want to win and hold on to, but if it were to happen anywhere, the line of defense for the Hawkeyes is one of the lowest positions on the team. Overall, the de-commitment drops Iowa in the team standings by one spot from No. 21 to No. 22. – Blair Sanderson, HawkeyeReport.com

stitch factor: 4

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NATIONAL RESPONSE

Loading from the line of scrimmage is always important and especially important for the Hawkeyes who want to exert their power and dominance up front on both sides of the ball. With that in mind, the Hawkeyes could never sign too many players, especially ones as prolific as Caulker, who’s also a state prospect, and that’s always important. But the Hawkeyes, who are particularly loaded with high-end defenders in the 2022 class, and Iowa should easily weather the storm following his de-obligation. – Adam Gorney, National Recruitment Director

stitch factor: 5

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