IOWA CITY, Iowa – West Des Moines Dowling senior tight end Jalyn Thompson has accepted a chance to be a preferred walk-on for the Iowa football team.
Thompson, who is the son of former Iowa basketball player Rod Thompson, announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
He is the second player from instate to announce his decision to walk-on at Iowa this week, joining Cedar Rapids Washington defensive back Watts McBride.
Thompson initially made a verbal commitment to Northern Illinois in August, accepting a full scholarship from the Huskies over offers from Howard and Northern Iowa. But in early October he decided to re-open his recruitment and now he wants to pursue his dream of being a Hawkeye.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Thompson has 22 catches for 305 yards this season for a Dowling team that still is alive in the Class 5A playoffs.
Growing up becoming a Hawkeye was a dream and now I’m extremely excited to make it a reality. Beyond grateful to be continuing my academic and athletic career at The University of Iowa. Go Hawks!! 🐤🐤 pic.twitter.com/2wqTDcnfZc
— jalyn thompson (@JalynThompson88) November 2, 2022