By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Deavin Hilson received a phone call Friday night that he had been waiting months for.
Before his basketball game, the Des Moines native was contacted by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, who extended a scholarship offer to the 2021 athlete.
Hilson wasted no time in making a verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes.
I want to thank Coach Ferentz for the SCHOLARSHIP OFFER!! With that I decided to COMMIT to the University Of Iowa🐤 This is not only for me but for the whole city of Des Moines✨Do You Believe In Shooting Stars…..⭐️⭐️⭐️@CoachD_Foster @Coach_Niemann @TylerBarnesIOWA pic.twitter.com/yJqbTds2EY
— Deavin Hilson (@dh_dev) January 30, 2021
“It was incredible,” Hilson said. “I was speechless when coach told me that. We were on the phone for almost an hour, just talking about stuff. We were just talking about life and stuff like that. Then he threw (the offer) out on me and it kind of caught me off guard. And I asked him, ‘For real?’. It was something I’ll never forget.”
Hilson could have decided to go elsewhere, but he wanted the offer from Iowa.
So, he stayed patient, and it paid off.
“It’s a dream come true,” Hilson said. “That’s something I’ve been waiting to be for months. I told them before back in September if I got the opportunity I was going to commit. We stayed patient and kept working and it finally came true.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Hilson is believed to be the first Des Moines North product to sign with a major college football program is three decades.
He is the 11th Iowa native, and 19th prospect overall, to commit to the Hawkeyes’ 2021 recruiting class.
Hilson, who is listed as an inside linebacker on Rivals.com, played running back and linebacker last season at Des Moines North and said that he has spoken with Iowa coaches about playing both positions.
Iowa has yet to sign or receive a verbal commitment from a running back in the class with signing day approaching Feb. 3.
Hilson told HawkFanatic recently that he does not have a position preference.
Hilson also runs track and averages 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in basketball.
He also rushed 11 times for 100 yards in two games during a shortened football season.