Iowa Offers Freedom

Iowa dipped down into Missouri with a scholarship offer on Tuesday. Grandview Senior High DE/TE Freedom Akinmalodun talked about his Hawkeye opportunity in this premium story.

After a long day at the Missouri camp, Freedom Akinmalodun was greeted with good news. His coach at Grandview (MO) Senior High told him Iowa had offered him a scholarship.

"I was tired after practice so that was nice to hear," Akinmalodun said.

Akinmalodun hadn't spoken with the Iowa coaches yet as of Tuesday evening, but in his past conversations with the staff, members shared with him the traits that they liked.

"I think it's my athleticism and my will and the heart that most people really don't have," Akinmalodun said. "Since the end of last season when we lost a lot of seniors, I stepped up in the weight room and in the classroom and have been a good leader."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder said Iowa and Kansas State are undecided about his college position. Missouri sees him as a defensive end. Illinois, Northern Illinois and Nebraska are offering at tight end.

"I like defensive end and getting my hand on the ground but I also like to catch the ball," Akinmalodun said. "I don't have a preference yet."

Akinmalodun said Iowa has been recruiting him since last year. He met with LeVar Woods and Eric Johnson at his school in April.

Minnesota and Arkansas also are pursuing Akinmalodun, he said. He's scheduled to camp at Illinois (Saturday), Kansas State (June 13), Nebraska (June 15) and be at Iowa on the 17th.

"I'm probably going to commit before the season because I don't want my spot (scholarship) to be taken," Akinmalodun said. "So, it will probably be right before the season starts."

Akinmalodun said he's considering majors in physics and accounting.

"The schools that really stand out to me are K-State, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota," he said.

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