Travis Vokolek Discusses Hawkeye Visit

April 28, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Iowa watched its top two tight ends snatched up among the first 20 picks during this weekend’s NFL Draft. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant impacted the Hawkeyes before heading off to the pros.

One lasting impression made is the furthering of Iowa’s reputation at the position. With them pushing the total number of Hawkeye tight ends drafted to 11 since 2000, they leave behind a powerful legacy.

The reputation reached back to New Jersey recently when Travis Vokolek entered the transfer portal. Iowa checked in and the former Rutgers tight end visited campus this weekend. It went well.

“What stood out to me was the way that Iowa utilizes the tight end and how they are always going to have at least one or two on the field at a time,” Vokolek told HN.

“I also believe the culture around the program stood out to me. And they have some really good guys on the team that I got to know.”

Vokolek (6-6, 250) bonded with Spencer Petras, Max Cooper, Nico Ragaini, Tyler Linderbaum, Seth Benson, Austin Schulte, Nick Niemann and Joe Evans, to name a few.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz and Brian Ferentz, the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, spent the most time with Vokolek, but the whole staff impressed him.

“They would really love for me to be on the team,” Vokolek said.

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The coaches provided he and his family with a tour of all the facilities. He walked around the university and soaked it all in.

“It’s a beautiful campus,” he said.

Vokolek told HN earlier this week that he also heard from Arkansas and Kansas State. He wanted to see those schools and expected to be deliberate with the process. That didn’t change after his Iowa stop.

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“I’m still planning on taking some other visits, so I’m still taking my time with a decision,” he said.

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.

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

He 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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