On the surface, it may be hard to get too excited about a two-star commit — to any school.
Star rankings are all about hype, and generally fans and pundits react to that hype accordingly. Five-stars and four-stars get all the press and excitement, while three-stars and below get the ho-hum treatment. It’s not fair, but it’s a reality on the recruiting trail.
It’s a reality that doesn’t factor in actual talent. It factors in hype, but hype can only get a player so far. What they can do and what they can be coached up to do is far more important than any star ranking. That’s exactly why it’s worth getting excited about a player who shows potential — no matter the ranking.
A player who fits that bill is recent Iowa commit Beau Corrales from Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown).
Corrales is ranked as the No. 292 wide receiver in the 2017 class and the No. 289 recruit from Texas, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite rankings. Of course, even receiving a statewide ranking in Texas is a big deal — considering the elite high school talent that comes from the state on a yearly basis — but that type of statement is not a product of hype. It’s a product of fact, which sadly gets in the way of reality when it comes to lesser-ranked recruits.
Yes, Corrales is just a two-star, but there’s reason to be excited about his commitment if you’re an Iowa fan.
First of all, there’s the fact that he flipped.
Corrales was committed to Texas State, but decommitted just a few days before taking an official visit to Iowa City. At that point, even casual observers of recruiting could tell you the writing was on the wall, but in an interview with Rob Howe of Hawkeye Nation (Howe also writes for Today’s U), the flip even surprised Corrales himself.
“I never thought I would have flipped so quick, especially from Texas State. Even right now, I love Texas State. I love their program but the opportunity that Iowa is giving me, I can’t pass it up,” Corrales told Hawkeye Nation.
The flip and Corrales’ comments on how he loves Texas State says a lot about Iowa.
It’s easy to be down on the Hawkeyes after a historic upset this weekend at the hands of North Dakota State, but the fact remains that Iowa is still a big-time football program. The Hawkeyes are in the upper tier of the Big Ten and have been a borderline national team for the past year or so. It remains to be seen how the NDSU loss impacts Iowa’s national reputation, but most if not all of the good aspects of the program still remain.
Iowa boasts a rabid fan base, a great college town in Iowa City, some of the nicest football facilities in the country and a respectful pipeline to the NFL. Those are all factors that can get a player who admitted his love for another school to flip.
Those are all factors that still work in favor of the Hawkeyes.
Corrales’ potential needs to be examined as well when evaluating his commitment to Iowa and any hype that should come along with it.
According to his HUDL account, Corrales is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and runs a 4.53 40. That’s a blend of great size and pretty good speed for a wide receiver, and both traits show up on film.
Corrales has the speed and long strides to beat defenders over the top and his size and length allow him to make tough catches and high-point the football. At 205 pounds, he’s tough to take down after the catch and Iowa’s elite strength and conditioning program will only help him in that regard.
While he can be a big-play wideout, Corrales’ flashes great technical ability for only a two-star. He has quick feet and runs crisp routes. He also displays great awareness and body control for a big player, so he does have the potential to make some tough catches look easy at the college level — especially near the boundaries.
Corrales may be a two-star, but he has the potential to be so much more for the Hawkeyes. Iowa is a program that’s known for taking under-valued recruits and getting the most out of them — often sending them to the NFL — and Corrales fits that mold perfectly.