Original publish date: July 30, 2014
A lack of speed at the receiver position has long been considered one of the weaknesses for the Iowa football team under coach Kirk Ferentz.
The addition of Texas receiver Emmanuel Ogwo should help to address that problem.
Ogwo, a 6-foot, 170-pound native of Mesquite, Texas, announced his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes on Twitter while visiting the UI campus Wednesday afternoon.
"Officially a Hawkeye#iowa#GOHAWKS," Ogwo said.
Iowa was the first school to offer Ogwo a scholarship. Ferentz did so even though Ogwo didn't play football as a junior last fall.
Ogwo, who will also run track at Iowa, instead chose to focus on track, where he is a standout sprinter. Ogwo finished fifth in the 400-meter race at the Texas High School Track Meet in May with a time of 47.51 seconds. He rejoined his high school football team for spring practice in May. That's when Ogwo started to impress college coaches, including Iowa receiver's coach Bobby Kennedy.
"Coach Kennedy loves me," Ogwo told Hawkeye Insider.com on why he committed on his visit. "I pulled the trigger for them because they were the first (school) to pull the trigger (offer) me."
Ogwo also reportedly had scholarship offers from Rutgers, UNLV, Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico State.
He is the 13th player to commit to Iowa's 2015 recruiting class and the second receiver. All 13 recruits are entering their senior year of high school.
Adrian Falconer, a 6-1, 185-pound receiver from Leesburg, Fla., committed to Iowa in June.
NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from commenting publicly on a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent. The national signing period for football will start on the first Wednesday in February.