There are always a few spots on the calendar where football transfers crop up: Immediately following the end of the season, immediately following the end of spring practice, and immediately following the end of the academic year. We got our first departure of that final period Sunday: Romeo McKnight, the sophomore-to-be defensive end, will not return to the Hawkeyes in the fall.
Thank you hawkeye nation! pic.twitter.com/f3ppQoCrnp— Romeo McKnight (@RomeoMcKnight23) May 13, 2018
McKnight was a member of Iowa's 2016 recruiting class, and a three-star recruit according to Rivals. Iowa was by far his best offer, and led throughout his recruitment until a post-camp commitment in June 2015. McKnight redshirted in his first season, then fought injuries and a loaded depth chart through 2016. He didn't figure prominently in Iowa's plans going forward, and the Hawkeyes are over scholarship numbers at last check. Frankly, given the number of young defensive ends in Iowa's current two-deep and McKnight's relatively limited positional flexibility, a transfer makes some sense.
There are no hard feelings here, and we wish him the best of luck. It's just that sometimes a Romeo can pick the wrong mate.