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Iowa DL Gets Tough News About Football Career

A general view of Iowa's football stadium.

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lions face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes, September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Jalen Hunt was one of the more lauded recruits in Iowa's 2019 class. The defensive lineman out of Michigan was the eighth-ranked player in Iowa's class, per 247Sports' composite ranking system.

Hunt came in at No. 749 in the country. He is the No. 50 strong-side defensive end in the class.

Unfortunately, if he does make it to Iowa, it won't be until after a junior college stint. Hunt failed to qualify to play at Iowa, and needs to finish the requirements to make it through the NCAA clearinghouse.

Jalen Hunt announced that he will be playing at Iowa Western, and not Iowa, this coming season.

From Rivals' HawkeyeReport:

"I didn't get admitted to Iowa," Hunt told "I'm going to Iowa Western."

A three-star prospect, Hunt verbally committed to Iowa on June 23, 2018, choosing the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Michigan State, Missouri, Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Ball State, Buffalo, Western Michigan, and Toledo at the time.

By going the community college route, he will have to graduate before being eligible to make the jump up to Division I.

Even so, that doesn't mean he'll be a Hawkeye down the road. Both he and Iowa will need to maintain interest over the next year or two to make that happen. He will be nearby though, so you can't count it out.