Quick and elusive running back Kene Nwangwu out of Frisco (TX) has been hearing from a handful of Power 5 schools, and this weekend will take the next step in his recruitment as he begins official visits.
First up, Iowa State.
The 6-foot, 173-pound running back holds offers from Iowa State, Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern and Kansas and remains interested in the entire collection. The Cyclones will get his attention first.
“I think they like that I’m a fast running back and that I do track too,” Nwangwu said of Iowa State. “I think that’s maybe what they’re looking for. Sometimes I run outside, sometimes I run down the middle in my running game, but it’s usually my speed that gets me around defenders and tacklers.”
Nwangwu, a senior at Heritage High School in Frisco, has been timed with a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash and despite good size is more of a speed back.
“My strength is maybe vision at the beginning of the play like getting past defensive linemen and making cuts around defensive players and out-running people,” Nwangwu said. “The thing I’m really trying to work on is vision after the defensive linemen, like getting around the linebacker and safeties.”
Iowa State has been recruiting Nwangwu since the spring with Stan Eggen as the primary recruiter. Running backs coach Louis Ayeni has also been in touch.
Now he’ll get to meet face-to-face.
“I’m really [excited] to go [to Iowa State] and visit who is going to be my position coach and the running backs and just talk to all of them,” Nwangwu said.
Nwangwu is working on setting up visits with both Iowa and Indiana, but nothing is set in stone. His ultimate decision isn’t expected to come soon.
“I’m planning to take all five [visits], but whatever coaches let me visit I’ll visit,” Nwangwu said. “I’d like to get all the visits done at most at the end of December and then I’d have a decision where I’m going or commit somewhere maybe early January or late December.”
Currently, there isn’t a true leader.
“It’s just kind of a mix,” Nwangwu said. “Maybe Iowa is a little bit over, but it’s still a mix since I haven’t been anywhere yet.”