MASON CITY | Miguel Recinos said the decision came down to Iowa and Iowa State.
The Mason City senior kicker called University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz Thursday night, saying he had accepted the coach's offer to attend the school as a preferred walk-on in the fall.
“There was a little bit of silence when I told him I was accepting his offer,” Recinos said. “He was excited and I was excited to tell him about the decision I made.”
Recinos had talks with coaches from Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northern Iowa as well before narrowing his choices to the Hawkeyes and Cyclones.
“Both universities were great and I was completely impressed by both,” Recinos said of Iowa and Iowa State. “They were both very welcoming but what it came down to was I felt there were more opportunities there for me at Iowa. I want to be a surgeon later in life and Iowa has a great medical school.”
Recinos, who kicked a Mason City High school-record 58-yard field goal against Des Moines Hoover last year on Oct. 11, said there’s a chance he can earn a scholarship in the future.
“Coach (Ferentz) said the job is wide open,” said Recinos, who was 18 of 20 on PATs and had touchbacks on 34 of his 38 kickoffs. “If I can win the job I have the opportunity to get a scholarship as soon as the next semester.”
Recinos added that he feels he’s a player that has gone under the radar in terms of recruitment.
“I think people around here know what I’m capable of and had high expectations,” he said. “I think at Iowa not many people know will know who I am and that I’m coming in under the radar.”