Iowa wrestling's 2017 recruiting class has had its ups and downs so far, from the thrilling verbal commitment of #1 overall recruit Spencer Hall to the disappointment of losing verbal commitments from high-profile recruits in Justin Meija and Jason Renteria (although the latter was likely at least somewhat related to the former). One of the silver linings of those departures is that they likely opened up some additional scholarship money for other high-profile recruits in 2017 -- which may have helped them land the commitment of Max Murin on Saturday.
I'm proud to announce that I'm going to continue my wrestling and academic career at the University of Iowa#GoHawks pic.twitter.com/ntPyazOsTI— Max Murin (@max_murin) August 27, 2016
Murin becomes the fourth member of Iowa's 2017 recruiting class, joining Lee, California prep Luke Troy, and Ohio prep Justin Stickley (who's taking a slightly convoluted path to Iowa, at last report). Murin, from Pennsylvania's Central Cambria High School, is listed as the #27 overall recruit in 2017 by InterMat and the #81 overall recruit by Flowrestling. Flo also lists him as the #7 wrestler at 132 lbs.
Murin has been growing in size -- and stature -- during his high school career. He finished 5th at 106 lbs as a freshman, but made the state finals as a sophomore (winning a state title at 113) and a junior (finishing state runner-up at 126). Per IAWrestle, Murin plans to wrestle at 138 as a senior this year and expects to keep growing beyond that -- he expects to wrestle at 141 or 149 in college. From a lineup management standpoint, that would be ideal for Iowa -- Murin could redshirt next year while Brandon Sorensen is a senior and then have a chance to start at 149 as a redshirt freshman in 2018-19. He'll have competition for that spot, though, perhaps most notably from fellow Class of 2017 recruit Luke Troy (currently ranked #44 overall by InterMat, though he was ranked in the 20s before an upset in the California State Tournament last spring).
Still, there's at least a chance that in 2018 (and beyond) Iowa could start five wrestlers from the highly-regarded Young Guns Wrestling Club in Pennsylvania -- Spencer Lee (125), Gavin Teasdale (133), Max Murin (149), Michael Kemerer (157), and Kaleb Young (174). Kemerer (Class of '15) got the Young Guns pipeline flowing, Young ('16) added to it, and in Lee ('17), Teasdale ('18), and Murin ('17) the future for that pipeline looks very, very bright.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Murin.