Okwarabizie Discusses Hawkeyes Offer

With two available scholarships to award in the Class of 2015, the Iowa staff is combing the country for pieces that fit its program. Iyke Okwarabizie long has been a player on the Hawkeye board. The Big Ten program pulled the trigger on an offer recently and the Tyler (TX) Junior College big man told HI what it meant to him and how he's attacking the recruiting process.

Iowa dropped in at Tyler (TX) Junior College a few times this fall to see center Ikenna Okwarabizie. The Sioux City (IA) East alum felt good about the conversations but was unsure if the Hawkeyes had offered him a scholarship.

Okwarabizie recently cleared up the confusion. He learned that Iowa had extended an opportunity.

"Yes, it's true," the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center said in a text message to Hawkeye Insider.

HI spoke with Okwarabizie last week when he told us his talk with Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery was vague. McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis stopped separately at Tyler to see the big man since school started.

Okwarabizie enrolled at the junior college after not being cleared by the NCAA in the spring. The college sports governing body gave him the academic OK last month, he said.

Okwarabizie plans to compete this season at Tyler and then join a D-I school next summer. He'll have four years to play three at his program of choice.

Iowa played host to Okwarabizie for unofficial visits on multiple occasions, the last time coming in February. It began recruiting him when he was a junior.

"It feels great," Okwarabizie wrote in a text regrading his Hawkeye offer.

Other schools have come through Tyler with interest in Okwarabizie. UCLA has stopped by the gym twice this fall, including a visit on Tuesday.

Okwarabizie considered signing with a four-year college during next month's early period (Nov. 12-19). He's switched that up with the increased attention he's receiving and his desire to focus on his freshman campaign at Tyler.

"I think I might sign late," he wrote in a text message. "I'm just worrying about the season and getting better."

The spring signing period runs from April 15 to May 20. Iowa currently has three known verbal commitments (Brandon Hutton, Andrew Fleming, Ahmad Wagner) in the 2015 recruiting class with five available scholarships in the cycle.

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