Ogwo Open to Iowa

Bobby Kennedy has spent a good portion of his life scouting Texas high school wide receivers. The Iowa assistant feels he uncovered a good one in Mesquite Horn speedster Emmanuel Ogwo and the Hawkeyes this week became the first school to offer a scholarship. Ogwo talked with HI about the opportunity.

Emmanuel Ogwo excels on the football field but his ambition stretches beyond it. Athletics occupy only part of his story.

The Horn (Mesquite, TX) High receiver began playing the violin at an early age. He's grown to love it along with sports and plans to keep it in his life.

"I want to major in Business Management (in college). One of my dreams outside of playing football is to open up my own violin store. That's something I've always wanted to do," Ogwo said.

Iowa this week provided the 6-foot, 170-pound speedster with an opportunity to study for free. The Hawkeyes became the first school to offer him a scholarship. Louisiana-Monroe followed suit on Wednesday.

"(Iowa Assistant) Coach (Bobby) Kennedy and I had been talking and really building a great relationship. It being my first offer ever and from a Big Ten program, it was an amazing feeling," Ogwo said.

Ogwo has not set up an Iowa visit but hopes to make a campus visit at the end of June if things work out.

"I'm extremely excited about the Hawkeyes. I feel the coaches are doing some great things with the program and I'm blessed that they could see me being a part of it all," he said.

Ogwo finished fourth in the Class 5A 400 meters (47.51 seconds) at the Texas high school state track meet earlier this month. He felt his success on the oval helped land him an Iowa offer.

"I believe I showed (Kennedy) I have speed. He told me I look like a lot of successful guys he has worked with and believes he can take my craft to the next level," Ogwo said.

Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Kansas have been showing Ogwo a lot of interest in football, he said. He's not speeding through the recruiting process.

"Honestly, my college decision is going to be a family one. I'm just taking it one day at a time. I'm still shocked about it all," Ogwo said.

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