Iowa Offer Brings Tears to Recruit’s Mother

May 24, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Asked what receiving a scholarship offer meant to him, Diante Vines deferred to his mother’s reaction.

“I’ll put it like this, my mom cried. That’s how great this is. I have 11 other offers, and she cried on this one,” the Connecticut wideout told HN this week.

Vines held offers from Army, Navy, Fordham and others, but the Power 5 opportunity took the speedy wideout’s recruitment to the next level.

“Receiving this offer meant the world to me. For a school like Iowa, who is high-level football, to put their full trust in my ability as an athlete and a man was a joyous moment,” the Watertown (CT) Taft School standout said

“It’s every kid’s dream growing up to be noticed by schools like Iowa, and that dream is finally coming true. A Big Ten offer is no joke.”

Hawkeye assistant Ken O’Keefe, who is well connected in New England, visited Vines earlier this month. Receiver coach Kelton Copeland came by Taft earlier this week.

“They have been recruiting me for a few weeks, and after further evaluation on me and meeting me in person, they offered me,” he said.

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Copeland called Vines Wednesday night. They’re trying to work out a visit for next month, potentially during the weekend of June 21, when other verbal commitments and targets will be on campus.

“When I visit, I want to learn more about the school as a whole. I’ve never been to Iowa before so it will be a new experience. I’m looking forward to learning about the academics, the coaching staff and the brand of football they have installed,” Vines said.

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“Seeing the academic facilities and learning about what they have to offer academically will be beneficial for me, as well as seeing the athletic facilities, so I know I will be able to improve my body.”

Penn State, Boston College, Syracuse and Maryland are the schools yet to offer Vines that are showing the most interest.

“After the camp seasons, seeing if I get any more offers will result in my decision. So sometime in the summer, maybe August, I think I should know where I will be attending,” he said

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Vines wants to be a Dermatologist, so he’s seeking a Pre-Med Major with a focus on Biology.

Last season, Vines caught 51 passes for 602 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games. He added 181 kick-return yards with a score.

Here’s a look at his 2018 highlights:

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