Ahmad Wagner is switching sports. But he might not be switching schools.
An Iowa basketball player for the last three seasons, Wagner was granted a release from the Hawkeyes basketball program to pursue a college football career Tuesday. Wagner, who was a star wide receiver at Wayne (Ohio) High School, discussed the possibility of joining the Iowa football program Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.
“I am comfortable with Iowa. Iowa has treated me well,” Wagner said. He also said Hawkeyes offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz reached out to him about potentially staying in Iowa City.
Wagner noted that a handful of other programs reached out since he was granted his release, but did not mention them by name.
In addition to the advantage of familiarity, Iowa has a leg up on other possible Division-I destinations for Wagner because he would be able to play football right away for Iowa. Wagner, who will have two years of football eligibility, would have to sit out the 2018 season if he landed at a different Division-I program.
“I didn’t really want to focus on making the switch until after the season but it’s been something that’s been on my mind,” Wagner said of making the switch to football. “It’s kind of hard to ignore people always talking to you about football and making the change.”
Wagner, who is 6-foot-7, 235 pounds, said he would like to play wide receiver, but is open to a move to tight end.