Skowronek Surprised by Hawkeye Offer

Iowa continues to move swiftly in the 2016 recruiting class. On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes handed out an offer to Indiana WR Ben Skowronek. The Fort Wayne Homestead High standout talked with HI about the opportunity and when he plans to visit the Big Ten school.

Ben Skowronek received recruiting letters from Iowa like many other schools. Nothing really differentiated the Hawkeyes from the rest of the correspondence.

That changed Wednesday. The Fort Wayne (IN) wideout reported a scholarship offer from the Big Ten school.

"The Iowa offer caught me by surprise," Skowronek said. "(Wednesday) was my first time ever talking to Coach (Jim) Reid."

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound pass catcher from Homestead High said he also holds offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Miami (Ohio). He felt Purdue and Western Michigan were close to offering him and Northwestern has shown a lot of interest.

"I'm looking for a great education, a great football culture, and how comfortable I feel with the university and football team. I'm very interested in business. I talked to Coach Reid about the (Tippie) school of business," Skowronek said.

Skowronek said he enjoyed an easy conversation with Reid and looked forward to furthering the relationship.

"Coach asked me about my personal life and then extended an offer. After he offered me, we talked about football and academics," Skowronek said.

Reid invited Skowronek to visit the campus, something the receiver said he'll do.

"I'm very excited to visit Iowa. Right now I'm playing basketball so it's hard to get up there. After basketball, I will go up for a weekend and watch spring ball practice," he said.

Skowronek, who reports a 4.62-second, 40-yard dash, prides himself on being a physical receiver with reliable hands. He patterns his play after a couple of pros.

"I feel like Larry Fitzgerald and I have a similar game. I also feel like Eric Decker and I are similar," he said.

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