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South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and Colorado State recognized DJ Vonnahme’s skill and offered him scholarships. He reflected on the chance presented by the two-time defending FCS champion SDSU Jackrabbits. After some contemplation, the decision became clear: take a chance at the big time. Being an Iowa Hawkeye bore too much weight for smaller colleges to bear. “I considered South Dakota State because I liked the coaching staff,” that’s what he told HN. “That was essentially the only other option I considered. Walking on was the greatest option for me because I believe I can grow the most in Iowa’s program, particularly given their lengthy history of generating excellent tight ends.

I am delighted to grow and learn here. And it has always been a dream of mine to play for Iowa. I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity of a lifetime.” The Carroll (IA) Kuemper Catholic standout received Iowa’s preferred walk-on offer last July. He committed as a tight end after previously playing numerous positions for the Knights, including quarterback. The Hawkeyes have a proud history at tight end. This is exciting for Vonnahme.

It fits my skill set because I believe I can extend the field vertically and have the ability to identify soft places and get open,” he explained. “Iowa emphasizes hard effort and development. I’m quite excited about what I can do with their program since I don’t believe I’m even close to realizing my full potential. I’m excited to learn and grow from the finest. Vonnahme caught 28 catches for 567 yards (20.3 YPC) and 12 touchdowns as a senior this fall. He also tossed three touchdowns and rushed for another. He led the club with five interceptions on defense, including one that he returned for a touchdown.

According to 247Sports, Vonnahme (6-4, 205) is the No. 22 player in the state’s 2024 Class. During his senior highlights, the Kuemper Catholic star impresses with his quickness, route running ability, and superb hands. Vonnahme embraces the hard work required for success. He thinks the strategy makes him a good match at Iowa. “Working hard is always the right choice, both inside and outside of the classroom. And being disciplined is critical because I have really high objectives, and I have to do things I dislike but pretend to enjoy in order to achieve my ultimate goal of winning titles and graduating,” he said.

Vonnahme is interested in business. He favors sales and marketing. He likes how the Carroll community has prepared him both on and off the field. “They’ve taught me a lot about perseverance, seeing things through, and simply enjoying the process. At the end of the day, I consider myself fortunate to be in my current position. “I want to take advantage of it in any way I can,” he stated.

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