Illinois TE Has Hawks High on List After Visit
Heading into Wednesday’s unofficial visit, Albert Okwuegbunam was hoping to find out how he fit in with the Hawkeyes. He left Iowa feeling informed.
"I talked to coach (Kirk) Ferentz, Coach (LeVar) Woods, the strength coach (Chris Doyle), along with other coaches. We talked about what the program was about and my potential role on the team," the tight end from Springfield (IL) Sacred Heart Griffin said.
Iowa owns a strong history with players at Okwuegbunam’s position. The Ferentz Era, alone, boasts memorable names like Dallas Clark, Scott Chandler, Tony Moeaki, Brandon Myers and C.J. Fiedorowicz, to name a few who have gone on to professional football.
"The coaches told me that NFL scouts love their tight ends because they run a similar offense to the pros and that they have the most regularly drafted tight ends in the nation," Okwuegbunam said.
The Hawkeyes offered the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder a scholarship about a month ago. He’s also reported offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Minnesota and Syracuse, among others.
"I was impressed and I really enjoyed my time there," Okwuegbunam said of his Iowa visit. "It’s definitely among my top choices."
The facilities and coaching staff stood out to Okwuegbunam, he said. He was impressed with what he saw at practice and what he heard about how he would be used if he chose the Hawkeyes.
"They could heavily utilize me and help me reach my full potential as an athletic tight end. I’d have a very positive impact on their program, they said, and they would provide a great opportunity for me to play at the professional level," he said.
Okwuegbunam visited Iowa with his mother.
"She was extremely impressed with everything," he said.
While the Hawkeyes sit in good position for Okwuegbunam, he’s still working his way through the recruiting process.
"I’m not 100 percent sure yet what other schools I like along with Iowa. I’ll have a better idea after I visit Iowa State and Minnesota this week," he said.