Christion Stokes had visited Iowa. He was building a relationship with the Hawkeyes. He was feeling good about them.
Then in May, they offered him a scholarship. He didn’t see it coming despite the bond.
“The offer meant a lot because it caught me off guard,” the Michigan defensive back told HN. “Iowa is known to offer late in the game, and it made me feel they value me as a recruit.”
The Class of 2022 prospect from Detroit’s Harper Woods High also reports scholarship offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Maryland, West Virginia, Syracuse, Cincinnati and several MAC programs. The Hawkeyes sit firmly in the mix for his services.
“Coach (Kelvin) Bell and coach (Phil) Parker showed a lot of love when I visited there,” he said.
The 247 network ranks Stokes (6-1, 180) as a three-star prospect, the No. 13 player in his state for ’22 and the No. 42 athlete nationally.
Iowa has done well in recruiting the Detroit area. Desmond King, now with the San Diego Chargers, won the ’15 Jim Thorpe Award as the country’s top defensive back.
“I’m aware of Desmond, Ced Lattimore and Chauncey (Golston) because they were coached under my coach, coach (Rod) Oden. He gets players ready for the next level. The percentage of (Iowa’s) players going to the league makes me feel I have a chance because that’s where I want to be,” Stokes said.
He sees that Iowa does the little things in developing players.
“I like how they monitor sleep for the athletes because you need rest to prepare for everything. I also looked into their educational programs, and they have one of my majors. I want to go into veterinary medicine and journalism,” he said.
Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach, boasts a strong reputation that reaches Stokes.
“From what I’ve seen, he puts a lot of DB’s in the league. His DB group works really hard, and he gets them ready for the long years of the NFL,” he said.
Stokes describes himself as a gritty, hard-working player who has a nose for the ball.
“I can also be a cover guy who can make plays when the ball is in the air. I’m always ready to work, learn and perfect my craft every day,” he said.
Stokes is planning on committing sometime in January. He expects to enroll at his college early, in January of ’22.
“I’ll know it’s the right school because of the vibes. It’ll feel like I never left home. Somewhere I can really forward my education and where the energy never dies is what I’m looking for,” he said.
As a sophomore, Stokes totaled more than 65 tackles, defended 12 passes, and accounted for 10 tackles for loss, a Pick 6 and a fumble recovery. On offense, he rushed for almost 1000 yards and eight touchdowns, and caught seven passes with an average of more than 15 yards per reception and a score. He averaged more than 100 plays a game.
Here’s a look at Stokes’ sophomore highlights: