IOWA CITY, Iowa – Defensive end John Waggoner is still waiting on a scholarship offer from Iowa.
Fortunately, for Waggoner, there still is plenty of time for him to earn one, as the West Des Moines native still has two years of high school football left to play at two-time defending Class 4A state champion Dowling Catholic.
An offer from the Hawkeyes would mean a great deal to Waggoner, who is being recruiting mostly by Iowa defensive line coach Reese Morgan.
"That would be huge for me," Waggoner said Monday. "I don’t think I would have a favorite, but that would definitely put them up there. Coach Morgan always stresses how much they like me and to keep doing what I’m doing."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Waggoner recently had the opportunity to visit Iowa again, along with in-state prospects from both the 2017 and 2018 classes.
Among those in attendance were 2017 Iowa commits Levi Duwa, a defensive end from Wellman, offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs from Mount Vernon, offensive lineman Mark Kallenberger from Bettendorf and tight end Jacob Coons, who is from Solon.
Waggoner saw the new Iowa facilities up close again, and also attended a practice. He met with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and with three staff members who handle recruiting: recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell. director of recruiting Tyler Barnes and director of player personnel Scott Southmayd.
What he saw and heard from the coaches made quite an impression.
"It was great I liked it a lot," Waggoner said. "We started out with lunch in the players’ lounge. Then we all got a tour of the facilities which I had seen before but they impress me every time. After that we went out to watch practice which was great.
Waggoner’s only scholarship offer to date is from Iowa State. He plans to attend as many games as possible on both campuses this fall.