Athlete from Iowa Hoping To Be A Hawkeye

A 2017 athlete is still hoping to be a Hawkeye. Find out more inside.

He may be committed to South Dakota but Muscatine athlete Alphonso Soko is still pursuing his dreams of playing his college football at the highest level. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound athlete visited the Hawkeyes over the weekend and is still hopeful to grab an offer from Kirk Ferentz and Iowa.

Soko committed to South Dakota on July 27 but has still been garnering interest from the Hawkeyes and he has reciprocated those efforts.

He knows that his visit to Iowa City last weekend was a key step in that process.

"Yes,  it was a very important trip," Soko said in a message to Scout. "(Being a Hawkeye) is the goal."

Soko is mainly used as a running back for his high school, and he's a very good one at that. It's even received praise from the Iowa staff despite them having two players already committed at the position for the 2017 class.

"They've just been saying I would fit good in their offense," Soko explained to Scout back on July 17 (before he commited to South Dakota) about what he's heard from the Hawkeye coaches. "They're going to try to get me to be a Hawkeye. They like my speed and think I'm faster than the backs they have right now. They said I'm the best in the state at my position."

Adding a third running back to the class is an almost impossible venture for Iowa. However, they've explored other spots where Soko could contribute for the program.

"They see me as a running back, defensive back, and a kick returner and punt returner," Soko pointed out following his visit. "They want to see how my first game goes."

He's got a full-ride scholarship to play for South Dakota, one that he has already accepted and verbally committed to. But would a preferred walk-on opportunity or something similar tempt him to head to Iowa City? Soko shared that with Scout.

"No, I would go with my scholarship to South Dakota."

Stay tuned to this recruitment as Iowa is still staying in touch and monitoring his progress.

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