Iowa Offers Veii

Jacquille Veii enjoyed talking with Iowa Assistant Darrell Wilson earlier in the spring and was hoping for a Hawkeye scholarship offer. That opportunity arrived last week for the Class of 2013 athlete from Maryland. He talks about Iowa, his other offers, summer trips and a decision timeline in this update.

Iowa Assistant Darrell Wilson dropped by The Avalon School in Bethesda, MD during the spring open recruiting period. Shortly after the stop, the Hawkeyes extended an offer to running back Rachid Ibrahim.

Wilson also left Avalon intrigued by Class of 2013 athlete, Jacquille Veii. Late last week, a month after Ibrahim received his Iowa opportunity, the Hawkeyes offered Veii a scholarship.

"They needed running backs and Rachid got that offer before me," the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Veii said. "I didn't know what was up for me. I was kind of hoping for it, but I really didn't know. I wasn't really expecting it, though. It was a big surprise for me."

Veii reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Boston College, Ohio, Old Dominion, Stony Brook and UNC-Charlotte. He says North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland and Miami are showing interest.

"I guess it does change some stuff in recruiting for me," Veii said of his recent BCS-level offers. "Now other schools see that I have some of these big schools trying to get me. Iowa is Big Ten. Iowa is big college football. With the Iowa and Boston College offers, they know I have the academics and that I can play ball."

Veii said Wilson told him that the Hawkeyes like his athleticism. They're recruiting him as an athlete.

"They don't know what they want me to do for them," Veii said. "Coach Wilson told me that the offensive coordinator wants me and the defensive coordinator wants me. He said I can help them out in various spots."

Veii said he will visit Boston College on June 22 and is in the process of planning trips to Old Dominion and Ohio. He hopes to see Iowa later this summer.

"The (Hawkeye) coaches are going to be on vacation (in early July)," Veii said. "As soon as they get back from vacation, probably in early August, I'll be making my way out there."

Veii said there is a good chance that he and Ibrahim will travel to Iowa together. They both report scholarship offers from Iowa, Boston College and Ohio.

"We used to joke around that when we made our decisions we wouldn't be going to the same college," Veii said. "This could change things. We're really close. It's fun to think and talk about."

Veii said that he's still deciding on a college major. He is considering sports medicine or business.

"What's important to me is a sense of belonging; a sense of family," Veii said of selecting a school. "I want to go somewhere where they want me to contribute to the team. I want to get along with the coaches and the players and it has a family feel.

"I also want to end my college career with a good degree so if football doesn't work out on the next level, I can go on and chase other aspirations. Tradition also is important. I know Iowa has a lot of tradition."

Veii hopes to make his college choice by the end of the summer.

"I want to go into the football season knowing where I'm going so I can just focus on helping my team win," he said. "The earliest I will make my decision is August. The latest I would make my decision is signing day."

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