September 14, 2009
Ngoumou still planning to return to Iowa?
Stephane Ngoumou had hoped to be with the Iowa Football team this fall, but academics put those plans on hold for the time being. The 2009 signee is currently at Milford Academy in New York working on getting his test score in order, according to Head Coach Bill Chaplick. Is the talented wide receiver still planning to make his way back to Iowa City once he takes care of his academic issues?
"He is planning to finish up with us in December and then be back with Iowa in January, that is the plan," Chaplick said.
Last season at Wootton High School in Rockville, MD, Ngoumou raised his recruiting profile after catching 71 passes for over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was in Iowa City all summer before being told that he was not an academic qualifier at the start of fall camp, causing a change in plans.
Ngoumou quickly enrolled in Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY, a place that has been very good to the Hawkeyes over the years, sending players like Shonn Greene and Fred Russell to the University of Iowa.
According to Coach Chaplick, Ngoumou has been behind the curve a bit because of his late arrival to campus.
"He got here late after being in Iowa's camp and he is trying to work himself in here," Chaplick said. "This week was the first game that he played for us after missing the first couple of games."
Last week, Rivals.com released their prep school rankings for 2010 and Ngoumou was rated as a three star prospect and the #32 prospect overall. Chaplick sees plenty of promise early on from Ngoumou.
"He is playing wide receiver for us. He is a big kid that runs well for his size. He just has to learn more about the game."
One interesting note for Iowa fans is that former Hawkeye quarterback Jason Manson is the offensive coordinator at Milford and Coach Chaplick has plenty of praise for him and the job that he has done the past two years in his program.
"He has really done well for us," Chaplick said. "Last year was his first year with us and we were 9-3. He has really matured as a coach in the last year. There have been a lot of guy that have used Milford Academy as stepping stone for themselves as a player or a coach and I expect that he will be a college coach after this season."
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