Xavier Nwankpa picks the University of Iowa


RUNNELS, IOWA — The highest-rated football recruit in Iowa history will be sticking close to home to play college football. On Wednesday afternoon, Xavier Nwankpa announced he’ll be attending the University of Iowa in the fall.

Nwankpa is the number one ranked Safety in the class of 2022. Rivals.com considers him the 20th best high school football recruit in the nation right now. He made his announcement in front of hundreds of classmates at Southeast Polk High School. He had narrowed his school choices down to Iowa, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Nwankpa plans to enroll at Iowa in January.

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