Iowa lands 2017 prospect A.J. Epenesa

Iowa is trying to close out its 2016 class with only three weeks left until signing day, but that doesn’t mean it isn't focused on the future as well. The Hawkeyes received some huge news in the form of a commitment Sunday afternoon from a 2017 prospect.

ESPN Junior 300 defensive end A.J. Epenesa tweeted that he's decided to commit to Iowa and end his process.

Epenesa is the No. 53-ranked prospect in his class and gives Iowa its highest-ranked commitment since at least 2006. Ross Pierschbacher was ranked No. 48 in the 2014 class, but later flipped to Alabama and ended up as the No. 64 ranked prospect in his class.

It might be a little easier for the staff to hold on to the Epenesa commitment as his father, Eppy, played football for Iowa in the 1990’s. Eppy also took to Twitter to express his excitement for his son and his decision.

Epenesa is commit No. 5 for Iowa in the 2017 class and the second ESPN Jr. 300 commitment with lineman Juan Harris.