Recruiting Roundup: Latest on Hoops, Football

The latest addition of our Hawkeye Insider Recruiting Round-up Notebook includes items on Ahmad Wagner, Ogugua Anunoby, Iyke Okwarabizie, Marquise Doherty, Karan Higdon and others.

Ahmad Wagner continues throwing his athletic future into question. And that's not a bad thing for the talented Ohio senior. It might be for Iowa basketball fans.

Wagner hauled in a one-handed, 43-yard touchdown pass (WATCH HERE) for Huber Heights Wayne High Friday night. His continued an unlikely breakout on the gridiron.

Friends encouraged Wagner to try football this season after he had not played varsity before. Already committed to the Hawkeyes for basketball in August, he figured he give it a try and have some fun.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Wagner is having a ball and drawing attention to himself as a football recruit. Through six games, he boasts a statistical line of 22 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns. Remember, it's his first varsity season.

Kentucky offered Wagner a football scholarship this fall. The school has discussed allowing him to also play basketball there.

Wagner told us after receiving the Kentucky offer that he still was committed to Iowa for basketball and planned to sign with the school in November. In what could be considered a fluid situation, he remained pledged to the Hawkeyes as of Sunday morning.

Wagner has not decided if he'll try to play two sports in college. He said he has not been contacted by the Hawkeye football coaches.

Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery and Assistant Sherman Dillard visited Wagner on Tuesday in Ohio.

"They came really to see my mother," Wagner said. "They wanted to develop a better relationship with her so they showed that by coming."

Teresa Wagner could not make to trip to Iowa City early last month for Ahmad's official visit.

"She was busy with work so she was very excited that they came down to see her," Ahmad said.

The Hawkeye coaches impressed Teresa Wagner.

"She thought it was very nice and professional of them to come down and see here," Wagner said. "She's excited for what the future has in store for me."

We'll have to hang tight to see if that future remains in Iowa City.

ANUNOBY UPDATE: Ogugua Anunoby remains the most well-known, and likely top target on the Iowa board. The Jefferson City (MO) High wing is taking his time with his recruitment.

Anunoby officially visited Indiana this weekend after seeing Georgia a week ago.

"It was a good trip. I enjoyed it," the 6-foot-8, 200-pounder said of Athens.

As more and more prospects come off the board, the interest and pursuit of Anunoby increases. Coaches continue to pour through Jefferson City's gym.

Ole Miss and Gonzaga are two schools picking up the pace with Anunoby. They convinced him to set official visits within the last two weeks.

"I'm still going to take Ole Miss and Gonzaga," he said.

Anunoby is scheduled to be at Ole Miss on Oct. 18 and Gonzaga on Oct. 25.

MIGHT WE LIKE IYKE?: The extensive travels of Iyke Okwarabizie have taken him to Tyler (TX) Community College. The 2014 Sioux City (IA) East graduate ran into transcript issues with the NCAA Clearing House in the spring and went the JUCO route. He's now been cleared.

Iowa has been evaluating Okwarabizie for a couple of years. It started when the 6-foot-10, 245-pound big man moved to Saint Louis from his native Nigeria in '12.

Okwarabizie visited Iowa City last September and again in February. He reported offers from Drake and South Dakota State at that time.

With the news that he's been academically cleared by the NCAA, Okwarabizie said Division I schools are picking up their interest in him.

"Most of them have talked to my coach so I'm not sure who they all are," he said. They haven't talked to me yet, except for Iowa. They were here to talk to me."

Okwarabizie said Iowa assistant Andrew Francis stopped by Tyler to share that Iowa is monitoring him.

The Hawkeyes are searching for front-court help with looming departures from the program. Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni are seniors with Adam Woodbury and Jarrod Uthoff entering their junior seasons this winter.

Okwarabizie is raw but developing as was Olaseni when he signed with the Hawkeyes. He's a name to keep an eye on with Iowa unlikely to fill its last two remaining scholarships in the early signing period next month.

MOVING ON: Lake Forest (IL) forward Evan Boudreaux picked up an Iowa offer in May of '13, at the end of his sophomore school year. He visited Iowa City a few times and he and the Hawkeyes seemed to be building a relationship. It ended on Thursday.

Boudreaux abruptly Tweeted that he was no longer considering Iowa and would not be officially visiting the school on Oct. 11. The trip was scheduled in August. The social media announcement was met with surprise and some not-so-friendly replies by Hawkeye fans.

I was in contact with Boudreaux a few hours before the Tweet and he still was looking forward to the Iowa official at that time. Something clearly changed. It appeared that the Hawkeye coaches decided to move in a different direction.

FOOTBALL FUTURES: Since Ohio center James Daniels committed to the Hawkeyes on July 31, they've not received a football pledge despite hosting several key Class of '15 visitors throughout the month of September.

The developments, or lack thereof, are normal. When prospects wait until the season to take visits, they often take them all and let their process play out through the fall.

Here are some updates:

-Florida running back Karan Higdon, who officially visited Iowa City on Sept. 13, remained committed to South Florida this week but that pledge seems less solid as time passes. He said he's still set on taking official visits to Kentucky and Arkansas.

-Sunshine State Safety Jonathan Crawford, who official visited Iowa on the same weekend as Higdon, continues to take his time with his recruitment. He anticipates committing after the season in large part because it's hard to take official visits during it. Syracuse, Indiana and Louisville are potential stops for the 6-2, 180-pounder, who plays for former Hawkeye defensive back Marcus Paschal at Largo High.

-Raequan Williams unofficially visited Iowa City early last month. The Chicago defensive lineman has stopped at the school several times and considers the Hawkeyes one of his favorites . The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder recently was bumped up to four-star status by Scout.com.

-One of Iowa's top defensive targets, Kansas City's Marquise Doherty, is set for official visits to Missouri (Dec. 6) and Oregon (Nov. 21). He's still working on his Hawkeyes' stop.

"The next time I talk to the (Iowa) staff, we will talk about dates," Doherty wrote in a text on Sunday.

-Defensive End Targets Rashod Berry and Michael Slater also are taking their time with their recruitment. They're both waiting until after the season to commit and have yet to set up official visits.


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