Joel Decoursey visited Iowa twice last year. The junior really liked what he saw and heard, and had been building a relationship with assistant Kelvin Bell.
When Bell contacted the Indiana tight end Saturday, he hoped good news was on the way. It was. The Hawkeyes became the first big program to offer Decoursey a scholarship.
“Coach Bell texted me asking me to give him a call so I had a feeling. It was pretty special being the first Power 5 to offer,” Decoursey said.
Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan already had offered Decoursey (6-5, 220). Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin have been showing the Zionsville (IN) High prospect interest.
Decoursey camped at Iowa last summer. He watched the Hawkeyes face North Texas at Kinnick Stadium in September.
“Everything there is awesome. The facilities are incredible, and the coaches are all well respected and know exactly what they’re doing,” he said.
Iowa enjoys a long and storied history at tight end. The Hawkeyes utilize the position extensively in their offense and Bell tells Decoursey that he sees him fitting into the system well.
“I like how flexible their tight ends are. They’re rarely in the same spot twice. They could be inline with a hand in the ground or split out running routes. It’s pretty similar to what I do at my high school,” Decoursey said.
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Decoursey plays for an Indy Select 7-on-7 program that sent Iowa D.J. Johnson, Julius Brents and Tyrone Tracy in the ’18 recruiting class. It’s a positive connection for the Hawkeyes.
“I’m good friends with the three seniors going there and they all speak very highly of the coaches there and about Iowa in general,” Decoursey said. “Knowing three guys who are going there definitely carries some weight. All of those guys had multiple big offers and chose to go there, which is huge.
“D.J. got and offer from LSU but stuck with Iowa. Not many people turn down DBU, especially when you’re as good as he is, so Iowa is obviously doing something right.”
Decoursey is considering majors in Actuarial Sciences or Engineering (Civil or Material).
“Ideally, I would like to be committed by the start of my senior year,” he said
Decoursey said he does not have any junior day visits set up.
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“I’m planning on going to Iowa soon,” he said.
As a junior, Decoursey caught 30 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He also displayed a willingness and aptitude for blocking.
Here’s a look at Decoursey’s junior highlights: