Back in September, Iowa landed a commitment from Michael Lois. The three-star Wisconsin native remains a member of the Hawkeyes recruiting class.
An off-field injury has unfortunately left his Hawkeyes playing career in serious jeopardy. Just weeks after his pledge, Lois broke three vertebrae in his back during a pool accident.
Lois is expected to make a full recovery, which is obviously great news and the most important thing. His football future is up in the air.
Some doctors have advised him to step away from the game, but Michael Lois says he plans on coming back to play for the Hawkeyes if he is cleared.
Matthew Bain of Hawk Central spoke to Lois about his recovery this week. While he has not been cleared, he said that he will enroll at Iowa in January, and his scholarship will be honored whether or not he can play.
About nine months since the injury, he said he feels "back to normal," he's done with physical therapy and he has returned to lifting heavy weights. Doctors have not yet cleared him for contact, which is obviously the next hurdle in his quest to get back on the field.
He said doctors want to see where his health is at a full year after the injury before making any decisions about next steps, so he'll know more in mid-September.
Even with the long term injury, Lois is focused on working his way back to the gridiron.
"That’s the plan. I know I’m going to have to work twice as hard at it now, but that’s what keeps me motivated and going," said Lois, who was on campus for his official visit last weekend. "I’m never going to let someone tell me no. I’ll be a Hawk until the day I die. The support from the Iowa staff, team and community has been awesome. I definitely made the right choice choosing Iowa."
Lois says he will be on scholarship at Iowa whether he's playing football or not. He will enroll early in January.
Bain notes that the Hawkeyes do appear to be recruiting based on the possibility that Lois cannot play.
The team has taken four defensive end commitments since his injury, including the team's highest-ranked recruit, four-star Logan Jones, and just in recent weeks, Aaron Witt, Yahya Black, and Lukas Van Ness.