Naperville Central senior three star ranked wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba (6-foot-0, 172 pounds) made an unofficial visit Saturday to Iowa and gave head coach Kirk Ferentz his verbal commitment.
"Everything just felt right for me at Iowa," Rugamba said. "I had that feeling after my first visit and it just kept getting better and better the more I learned about thew Hawkeyes. Iowa just has so much to offer and I was ready to make my decision today,"
Rugamba, who was touting 15 scholarship offers this summer, talked about the fit for him at Iowa along with the overall stability of the coaching staff as factors in his decision.
"Iowa is close to home, plays in the Big Ten and also offers a great education," he said. "The coaching staff has been together for a long time at Iowa and that stability is something that other schools just can't offer. I know that the coaches are on board and committed to Iowa and I feel very comfortable and at hone at Iowa with those coaches."
Rugamba, who is ranked as the 12th best player in the State of Illinois rankings according to the Rivals.com's latest state rankings, was offered and recruited as a defensive back for the Hawkeyes.
"It's not set in stone but the coaches feel I could come in and compete for early playing time," Rugamba said. "Iowa will have three senior defensive backs once I'm at Iowa and it's a good opportunity for me to have a chance to earn some early playing time."