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Rivals250 CB Julius Brents is headed to Iowa City

The Iowa Hawkeyes may have lost Thorpe award winner Desmond King to last year’s NFL Draft, but they are building their secondary of the future in this 2018 class. On Friday the program received news that four-star Indianapolis Warren Central cornerback Julius Brents was headed its way.

“Today I will be committing to Iowa,” Brents told Rivals.com. “Iowa is just a great fit for me. Over time I have grown a great relationship with all the coaches. I see they can develop me into the player I want to be and help me get to where I want to get in the future.”

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Skill development was an important aspect of Brents’ decision for Iowa, and King was an example the new Hawkeyes commit specifically cited.

“Before (King) committed he was originally supposed to go to Ball State. Iowa came in late and brought him in," Brents said. "Here’s a guy who was supposed to be a MAC player, and now is in the League. The way (Iowa) developed him, that caught my eye.

“Coach (Phil) Parker is a great defensive backs coach and has a history of putting guys in the League. It’s a great coaching staff there and I feel he can develop me.”

After narrowing his list of offers down to a top six early in the summer, Brents had originally planned to take his recruitment into his senior season and make official visits. In recent weeks, though, it became apparent to Brents that the time to make his decision was now.

“I talked with my parents, got some advice from my coaches and people who have been there before me,” Brents said. “Talking with them and getting some advice, I just felt it was time to make my decision.”

Brents now joins his friend and fellow Indianapolis defensive back, D.J. Johnson, on Iowa’s commitment list and becomes the highest-ranked recruit in the Hawkeyes 2018 class.