As Frisco (TX) running back Kene Nwangwu has waded through his handful of Power 5 offers he has been unsure what some schools might have to offer.
The 6-foot, speedy and elusive running back, who has offers from Iowa State, Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern and Kansas, remains open to all schools. He kicked off his visits with a trip to Iowa State during the weekend, a visit that helped push the Cyclones into good position.
“I think right now, Iowa State is my top one right now,” Nwangwu said of his schools. “When I came here I wasn’t expecting a lot, but when I saw the facilities and I met the players and coaches and their fan base and stadium and everything, it was really amazing."
Nwangwu, a senior at Heritage High School in Frisco, has been timed with a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash and is also a track athlete. He has interest in running collegiate track and while he didn’t have the opportunity to meet Iowa State’s track coaches, he did get a closer look at those facilities on his trip.
“I would want [to do both],” Nwangwu said. “I really want to do track and football at the same time, but if I can’t make the track team then I understand that, but I would really [like to] try out for the track team. I wasn’t able to talk to any track coaches but I was able to go to the track facility and I know they have other players who do track and football.”
In addition to his tour of campus and Iowa State’s facilities, Nwangwu spent some of his time in meetings with coaches and the team. One of those meetings offered an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with running backs coach Louis Ayeni watching film.
Iowa State has two young running backs in Mike Warren and Joshua Thomas this season, and Ayeni sees comparisons.
“We went to watch my highlights and we watched the highlights of Michael Warren and he basically compared me to him,” Nwangwu said. “[He] said, ‘You’re a speed back and there’s going to be places where you’re going to break loose and we can use you in a way where you’re going to break loose and score touchdowns when other guys are getting tackled.’”
Nwangwu met with Paul Rhoads before his return trip to Texas and left feeling wanted, which puts Iowa State atop his current list. Rhoads plans to visit Nwangwu and his family in Texas in early December.
“What stood out to me is the football facilities and how nice they were. I was very impressed by their weight room, their training facility and their indoor [facility] and stadium, everything looked nice to me,” Nwangwu said. “I got the feeling that they really want me to play football at Iowa State and he really wants me to be a Cyclone.”
Nwangwu’s recruitment still has a ways to go barring a sudden change as coaches will visit him in Texas in the coming weeks and he hopes to take multiple visits in January.
“Right now I guess coaches are going to come to my house in early December,” Nwangwu said. “I don’t have scheduled visits, but I’m going to visit Indiana and Iowa in January. I think I’ll have a decision after my visits in January.”