Illinois TE Lands Iowa Offer, Visiting Soon

Iowa stepped in with an offer for Albert Okwuegbunam on Tuesday. The tight end from Springfield (IL) Sacred Heart Griffin talked with HI about his relationship with the Hawkeyes and when he might make it on campus.

The questions come up often. He's prepared to answer. It's second nature at this point.

Albert Okwuegbunam first is asked to spell his surname. Inquiries then turn to its origin.

"I get that a lot," Okwuegbunam said. "My dad's from Nigeria. He came to this country about 30 years ago when he was 19."

An equipment manager in a yet to be determined college football program will face the task of adding the name to a back of a jersey. That could take some creativity.

Okwuegbunam reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Nevada, Toledo and Wyoming. The Hawkeyes and Nevada are the latest additions for the Springfield (IL) Sacred Heart Griffin tight end, coming in on Tuesday.

"It was kind of a surprise but I knew (the Hawkeyes) were interested in me because I've previously received mail from them," he said. "(Assistant) Coach (Seth) Wallace is my main recruiter and I like him. He was really enthusiastic and is really interested in me."

Okwuegbunam said he's 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds. He did not know his 40 time but said scouts are impressed by his speed.

"(Wallace) said they like my size, overall athleticism and playmaking ability," he said.

Iowa's rich history at his position interests Okwuegbunam.

"I know they're a very solid program and I'd like to know more about them," he said.

He intends to get on campus soon.

"I plan to visit, possibly their upcoming junior day (Saturday)," he said. "If I can't make it, then sometime in spring or before then."

Hawaii, Iowa State, Purdue, Florida Atlantic and NC State also are showing interest in Okwuegbunam, he said.

"I'm not exactly sure, at this point, when I'll commit but possibly before the season starts," he said.

Okwuegbunam is undecided on a major.

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