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Iowa Football suffered a tough loss in December of 2022 when five-star, in-state offensive lineman Kadyn Proctor flipped his commitment to Alabama. The Hawkeyes handled it well and wished him luck. 

That approach paid off Saturday when the Crimson Tide transfer announced he was coming home. He attended the Iowa men's basketball game shortly after making his decision public and was the toast of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 

Longtime Alabama coach Nick Saban retired earlier this month, creating an mass exodus from Tuscaloosa. The Tide's loss was Iowa's gain in Proctor's case. 

Proctor (6-7, 360) started all 13 of Alabama's games at left tackle in 2023. He earned all-freshman honors from the SEC. 

The Pleasant Hill (Iowa) Southeast Polk High graduate verbally committed to Iowa in June of 2022. Six months later, he signed with the Tide. 

While some Hawkeye fans lashed out at Proctor and his family on social media feeds, the Iowa coaches wished him well publicly. That fact along with his friends on the current Iowa team helped bring him home. 

Mason Richman, who has started the last three seasons as Iowa's left tackle, returns for his senior season in '24. Starting right tackle, Gennings Dunker, also will be back. The program also returns starters Logan Jones and Connor Colby up front. 

Perhaps Richman or Dunker will move inside to accommodate the addition of Proctor. One thing is for sure, the newcomer improves the unit on paper.