When I attend a high school football game, I'm focused on athletes I'm familiar with before showing up. Often I see a player or two that catch my eye for the first time.
Such was the case this past fall when I arrived to see West Branch's Jeff Bowie, an Iowa commitment, and the Bears play at West Liberty. Bowie impressed like always, but it was a Comet who captured my attention.
Junior two-way player Jahsiah Galvan rushed for 272 yards and two scores. He ran for 244 the week before against Mediapolis in the season opener. He had 89 yards on 11 carries all of his sophomore campaign.
Galvan (6-2, 180) stood out on this night and through his junior year. He finished with 1,673 rushing yards (8.6 YPC) and 14 touchdowns, caught six passes for 47 yards and a score, averaged 19.8 yards on four kick returns, 16.3 yards on six punts returns, 37.5 yards on 22 punts, and shared kickoff and place-kicking duties.
On defense, Galvan led his team with 44.0 solo tackles and tied for first with 54.0 overall tackles. His six tackles for loss tied for second on a West Liberty squad that finished 6-3 and reached the Class 2A state quarterfinals. He paced the Comets with four interceptions and earned first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.
Like many prospect across the country, Galvan's recruitment has been hampered by a pandemic-induced dead period that began last March. Still, college coaches have noticed his exploits. Nebraska offered him a scholarship on Dec. 21.
"As for the recruiting process, I'm taking things as they come," he told HN. "I’m really starting to build relationships with these coaches and look forward to continue to do so. I can’t wait for the dead period to be over to be able to go and visit some of these schools and meet the coaches."
The Hawkeyes are showing interest.
"I have yet to really start building relationships with most of the Iowa staff," Galvan said. "Tyler Barnes checks in every so often asking how I’m doing and such.
"As for how I feel about Iowa, I think it's a very great environment. I grew up going to Hawkeye games and the atmosphere at Kinnick (Stadium) is really different. I always dreamt of playing there one day."
Barnes reached out and congratulated him on his all-state honors. The Hawkeye recruiting director also has checked into see how basketball season is going.
Recruiting services list Galvan as an Athlete. College programs share differing views on where he could line up.
"Other coaches have said that they see me at either safety, corner or nickel on the defensive side. I have yet to have that conversation with the Iowa coaches," he said.
In addition to Nebraska and Iowa, Galvan said he's hearing from Iowa State, Missouri, South Dakota, Northern Iowa and Harvard.
"Most of the interest is coming from Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa State and Harvard," he said.
Galvan plans on studying Business in college. Academics will play a large role in his final decision. His goals are lofty.
"I would like to be one of the top recruits in Iowa by the time I’m done. I’m not satisfied with my junior season performance and will be working so when my senior season comes I’ll be ready to perform at a higher level," he said.
Here's a look Galvan's junior highlights: