Deavin Hilson

Des Moines North athlete Deavin Hilson. 

Friday afternoon, Deavin Hilson received the opportunity he was waiting for. Saturday, he announced he was accepting it. 

The Des Moines North senior spoke with HN earlier this week about what it  would to pick up a scholarship offer from Iowa Football. He felt his chance was coming. He was right. 

Hilson (6-1, 205) made his Hawkeye verbal commitment public Saturday, a day after getting the scholarship. Northern Iowa also offered him. 

Iowa initially felt like Hilson would slot in at linebacker. Then, it offered him as a  running back. 

"I don't have a (positional) preference," Hilson told HN earlier this week. "I just want to play." 

The Des Moines public schools logged just two games in the fall after switching to on-line only learning during the pandemic. In those contests, Hilson recorded 10 tackles (seven solo), including 1.5 stops for loss as a linebacker. He rushed 11 times for 100 yards and two scores, and returned two kicks for 22 yards. 

247Sports ranks Hilson as a three-star Athlete and the No. 23 player overall in Iowa for the 2021 Class. Rivals rates him as a two-star linebacker. 

Hilson becomes Iowa's 19th known commitment in the '21 cycle. He can sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday when the late period kicks off. 

Here are Hilson's scrimmage and two-game highlights from '20: 

2021 Iowa Commitments (19)

Deavin Hilson, RB, Des Moines, IA

Michael Myslinski, C, Jacksonville, FL

Karson Sharar, LB, Iowa Falls, IA

Joe Labas, QB, Broadview Heights, OH

Jeremiah Pittman, DE, Arlington Heights, IL

Keagan Johnson, WR, Bellevue, NE

Brody Brecht, WR, Ankeny, IA

Arland Bruce IV, WR, Olathe, KS

David Davidkov, OL, Winnetka, IL

Beau Stephens, OL, Blue Springs, MO

Max Llewellyn, DE, Urbandale, IA

Cooper DeJean, S, Ida Grove, IA

Jeff Bowie, DE, West Branch, IA

Zach Twedt, S, Story City, IA

Justice Sullivan, LB, Eden Prairie, MN

Griffin Liddle, DT, Bettendorf, IA

Jaden Harrell, LB, Urbandale, IA

Connor Colby, OL, Cedar Rapids, IA

Gennings Dunker, OL, Lena, IL