Alex Mota has dreams. As time goes by, he comes closer to realizing them.
The Class of 2023 standout from Marion (IA) High received a scholarship offer from Iowa State on Feb. 17. A rising program believing in him halfway through his high school career meant a lot.
"It was amazing," Mota told HN. "It was a dream come true. Hopefully after college is the NFL, maybe one day.
"Growing up, I was hoping one day I'd be able to play college football or another college sport. I was lucky enough to get an offer from Iowa State. That narrowed it down to one sport for me."
Mota (6-1, 175) averaged 7.7 points. 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists as a sophomore on the Marion basketball team this winter. He's been competing in the 100 (11.45 seconds), the 200 (22.90) and the 400 (53.77) meters, the long jump (20-8.25) and high jump (6-0), along with relays in track this spring.
He helped Marion reach the second round of the Class 3A football playoffs in the fall. He threw for 315 yards and ran for 540 with eight touchdowns as a quarterback. He also caught a 61-yard touchdown and recorded 17 tackles (1 for loss) as a safety. He returned kicks and punted.
Mota is participating in track this spring while also running with the Iowa Barnstormers on the AAU basketball circuit. Being a multi-sport athlete opens the door for various position possibilities in college football.
"Colleges say they like my film and they like me as an athlete. I see myself as a safety, a DB or a wide receiver. I play wide receiver for my 7-on-7 team," he said.
Mota is planning on attending football camps at Nebraska and Missouri this summer. He's also receiving interest from Iowa, Wisconsin, Boise State and others.
Only a sophomore, Mota can't text or DM directly with college coaches yet. Most of the communication from programs go through first-year Marion coach Michael Joyner. The Hawkeyes are involved.
"Our old coach (Tim Lovell), he's been texting me that awhile ago they wanted me at a camp, hopefully this summer. And I had three Iowa coaches follow me on Twitter and they're always liking my posts," Mota said.
Mota grew up going to Hawkeye games but said he's open to all schools when it comes to his recruitment. He's looking for the best fit, which includes culture and relationships with coaches.
Life hasn't been easy. Mota has overcome the loss of his parents, a story told well by the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Jeff Johnson.
Mota holds many interests outside of athletics. He's considering college majors in Health Science, Engineering or Business.
247Sports ranks Mota as a three-star prospect, the No. 30 Athlete nationally in the '23 Class and the No. 3 player overall in Iowa for the cycle.