Transferring Tight End Expects to Visit Hawkeyes

April 23, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Update: Vokolek tells HN that he will be officially visiting Iowa on Thursday, April 25.

Travis Vokolek is looking for a change. Iowa might end up being it.

The tight end from Rutgers entered the transfer portal this offseason. He told HN on Tuesday that he could end up with the Hawkeyes.

Vokolek (6-6, 250) said he has heard from Iowa, Arkansas and Kansas State since entering the portal. He’s interested in all three programs and plans on visiting each of them.

“I have talked to Iowa a little bit,” he told HN.

Vokolek played as a true freshman at Rutgers in 2017 after graduating from Springfield (MO) Kickapoo High. He started seven games as a second-year sophomore last season for the Scarlet Knights. He caught 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

NCAA rules would require Vokolek to sit out a season after transferring. He would then have two years of eligibility.

Iowa is losing two decorated tight ends to the NFL. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are expected to go early in Thursday’s draft after combining for 142 receptions, 2,093 yards and 27 touchdowns during the last two campaigns.

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Hockenson, Fant and the Hawkeyes’ tradition at the position impressed Vokolek.

“I think it’s incredible. I think it can be shown by having two (potential) first-round tight ends in the draft this year,” he said.

It could help Iowa in its pursuit here.

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“I’m just trying to find what fits me best and a school that utilizes the tight end position,” Vokolek said.

His father, D.J. Vokolek, is in his second stint as a Northern Iowa assistant. He’s coaching linebackers after serving as the defensive coordinator during his first stop in Cedar Falls.

“He is being very supportive. He wants to make sure I’m doing what I want to do,” Travis said.

Travis is not rushing his transfer process. He’s still working on scheduling visits and doesn’t have a timetable for a decision.

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“I’m pretty open to options right now and want to find the best fit,” he said.

Vokolek has been majoring in Psychology at Rutgers. He considering a switch to Physical or Special Education.

Vokolek has other ties to the Hawkeye State. His cousin, Chase Allen, is a tight end at Iowa State. His uncle, Terry Allen, is the former head coach at Northern Iowa, Kansas and Missouri State.

Coming out of high school, Vokolek chose Rutgers ahead of offers from Army, Buffalo, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and others.

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