Keep an eye on Trey Porter. The Ankeny Centennial junior is a hidden gem.
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, the Class of 2022 member boasts excellent athleticism and upside. Speed is a big part of his game.
In June, Porter ran the 400 meters in 50.5 seconds at the Iowa Distance Carnival meet in June at Humboldt (IA) High. That time came with limited training and a prep track season wiped out by the pandemic. He finished the 100 in 11.2 and the 200 in 22.7 at that event.
On the gridiron, Porter helps out all over the place. He rushed for a team-high 582 yards (6.3 YC) and five touchdowns as Centennial's top running back and added seven receptions for 93 yards. He averaged 22.3 yards on eight kick returns, and contributed six solo tackles and an interception on defense for a squad that finished 2-6 but won two of its last four.
Iowa likes what it sees from Porter. The Hawkeyes are sending him recruiting materials regularly.
"I would say I have a good relationship with coach (Jay) Niemann, and I'm in constant contact with him through social media and text messages," Porter told HN.
Niemann leads the way for the Hawkeyes' in-state recruiting efforts.
"Iowa is in my Top 5 interests, for sure," Porter said.
In addition to the Hawkeyes, Porter is reporting interest from Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota and North Dakota, among others.
"I would say North Dakota State, Iowa State, North Dakota and Northern Iowa are showing the most interest," he said.
Programs still are trying to determine his position on the next level.
"Coaches are looking at me as an athlete because I can play both offense and defense. Iowa is looking at me to play somewhere at one of the secondary positions," Porter said.
Academics will be a big consideration when he ultimately chooses a school.
"I would like to study something in the areas of Health Sciences or Nutrition," Porter said.
Here's a look at Porter's junior highlights: