Kaden Feagin picked up an Iowa Football scholarship offer late last month. Sunday, the Class of 2023 Illinois Athlete visited campus with a group of prospects for the program's annual recruiting tailgater.
Without much background, he learned about the Hawkeyes. They impressed him.
"The things that stood out to me were the winning tradition and the coaches," Feagin told HN. "Their winning tradition stood out to me because it seemed like they never strayed away from what they have been doing for 23 years with coach (Kirk) Ferentz."
Fellow Big Ten member programs Illinois and Rutgers also have offered the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond (IL) High product. Notre Dame and others have shown interest.
A multi-sport standout, Feagin finished second in the Class 1A State Track Meet long jump. He averaged 12.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a sophomore on the varsity basketball team.
In a six-game spring '21 season, Feagin earned first-team Class 1A all-state honors from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association as a running back/linebacker. He played in five contests, racking up 660 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground with 33 tackles and three sacks on defense.
The Iowa coaches still are evaluating Feagin's potential college position.
"They kind of just let me choose who I wanted to go with during the visit, so I went with the running backs. I’m not 100 percent sure where they want me yet," he said.
He spoke with offensive line coach George Barnett, defensive line coach Kelvin Bell and running back coach Ladell Betts during the Hawkeye stop.
"They were saying they want me because of my size and my speed. They all seemed really genuine, too," Feagin said.
He still is wanting to learn more about Iowa. The next step could come during the season.
"I’m going to try to go down to a game this fall to see what the game day atmosphere is like," he said.
Feagin also is figuring out a college major.
"I’m not 100 percent sure yet, but I’m kind of leaning towards Civil Engineering because making stuff always kind of intrigued me," he said.