Dowling DE John Waggoner Slowing Down Decision-Making Process

July 22, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

John Waggoner announced last month that he would be committing to a college by the end of the July. Then, the West Des Moines (IA) Dowling Catholic defensive end sat down to decide. It turned out to be a lot harder than he anticipated.

As a result, Waggoner told HN on Saturday that he is slowing things down. He’s decided to postpone releasing his pledge. He needed more time.

Waggoner (6-5, 230) is the consensus top player in the state for the Class of 2018. As a result, he’s trying to figure out where he wants to go from an impressive list of scholarship offers.

Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and UCLA have joined in-state suitors Iowa and Iowa State in offering Waggoner.

“I really didn’t go into this month planning on slowing things down but it’s hard,” Waggoner told HN. “There are a lot of great schools that have a lot of different things to offer and it’s hard to say no to them.”

Rivals, Scout and 247 all see Waggoner as a four-star prospect. He’s the No. 6 weak-side D-End in the class nationally, per 247.

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Waggoner has been focused for awhile on committing before the start of his senior year. He said that’s no longer a target date. He’s decided to just take his time until he is sure where he wants to go.

“If I’m ready before the season, then I’ll do it. If not, I’m not opposed to taking official visits in the fall,” he said.

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Waggoner said he has not planned any unofficial visits before his season kicks off on Aug. 25. His last stop happened a month ago when he saw Iowa for a fourth time.

“It was just a reminder of how good of a fit Iowa could be for me. They have a tight-knit group and develop their players very well,” he told HN after the visit.

As a junior, Waggoner earned first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association. He finished with 27 tackles (12.5 for loss) and eight sacks. He also recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.

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Here’s a look at his junior highlights:

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