Aka Visits Iowa Junior Day

Pike HS (Ind.) junior Pierre Aka isn't like most D-1 prospects. Aka admits college program's location and football status aren't important to him. The 6-foot-4, 255 pounder is looking to become a bio-chemical engineer.

Pike HS (Ind.) junior Pierre Aka isn't like most D-1 prospects. Aka admits college program's location and football status aren't important to him. The 6-foot-4, 255 pounder is looking to become a bio-chemical engineer.

"I really want a strong academic school. My parents are really pushing me in that direction. I don't really think anything is going to be important to me, as long as the academics are good," said Aka.

With his size and frame, it's no wonder programs are taking notice, even if his stats as a tight end last season were limited and he registered no time as a defensive end.

"I think my size really interests people," said Aka. "I think that a lot of people known about me in the state and want to see what I do my senior season. That is why I think the season is more important than the camps that I show up to.

"Last year, I was more of a blocking tight end, so my stats didn't really show up. I only had three catches. The coaching staff wanted me to focus on offense, so I didn't really play much defense. This year, my coaches are looking at me having play both ways. I want to register more time at defensive end, since that is where I will be playing probably at the next level."

Currently, schools like Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue, Penn State, Cincinnati, Stanford, Michigan, Bowling Green, Michigan State, Ball State, Colorado, and Northwestern are recruiting him.

Two weekends ago, Aka visited Iowa for junior day. It was the third time the Indiana product has visited the Hawkeyes. Earlier this season he took in the Penn State game and last summer attended a summer camp.

"I liked it, I got to know a little more about the coaches and the university. It was a good time....It's definitely a place I could see myself playing at," said the projected defensive end. "I don't really have any favorites yet, because no one has offered.

"I feel like Cincinnati is getting close to offering me, but I can't be sure....I'm planing on visiting there before the start of the summer and also plan to visit Indiana's junior day."

This summer the junior will be hitting up LSU for a camp along with others. His current GPA is 3.5 and he runs a 4.9 forty.

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