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Ahmad Wagner leaves Iowa Hawkeyes to play football at Kentucky

Mark Emmert
Hawk Central

Ahmad Wagner dashed the dreams of many Hawkeye sports fans Tuesday by giving up the black-and-gold of Iowa for the blue of Kentucky.

Iowa Hawkeyes forward Ahmad Wagner (0) shoots against Illinois Fighting Illini forward Kipper Nichols (2) during the first half of a first round game of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Wagner, who played three seasons as a forward on the Iowa basketball team, announced on Twitter that he will complete his college eligibility as a wide receiver for the Wildcats football team.

The gifted athlete from Ohio had previously announced his intention to switch sports, which roused the hopes of many Hawkeye fans that he would remain in Iowa City, where he could play immediately and have two years of eligibility in football. The Iowa football team has long been thin at the wide receiver spot.

Wagner, at 6-foot-7, 235 pounds, averaged only 1.7 points as a Hawkeye junior. He hasn't played football since his senior season at Wayne High School in Yellow Springs, Ohio, when he helped lead his team to the state title game. He garnered first-team all-state honors after hauling in 58 receptions for 1,028 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns that season.

Wagner previously told reporters that the Hawkeye football coaching staff had shown interest in him.

“They’ve reached out to me. The offensive coordinator (Brian Ferentz) did. They’ve been very respectful,” Wagner said last month. “I’m, at this moment, just taking in any consideration of who would give me a chance.”

That team ended up being Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference.