Keegan Glaus did not capture the scholarship offers he was yearning for after his all-state senior football season at Bettendorf.
Glaus is eager now to prove those who overlooked him wrong.
The Quad-City Times All-Metro defensive captain announced Wednesday on Twitter he has accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity with the Iowa football program starting next fall.
"I'll definitely walk in there with a chip on my shoulder," Glaus said. "I know what I have to do and what it takes. I'm going to use it to motivate me."
Glaus rushed for 1,138 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall for the Bulldogs (7-3). The three-year starter also was in on 64 tackles.
According to Glaus, the initial plan is for him to play fullback or linebacker. Iowa has converted several walk-on linebackers into fullbacks, including Muscatine's Drake Kulick and Humboldt's Brady Ross.
"I can do this," Glaus said. "I feel I can be on the field starting at a position within the next two to three years."
Glaus had interest from several Division II and junior college programs. Illinois State, Western Illinois and Northern Iowa also looked at the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder.
Iowa offered him the chance to walk on about a month ago. He'll continue to be teammates with offensive lineman Mark Kallenberger, who is expected to sign a national letter of intent Feb. 1 with Iowa.
"Honestly when Iowa started recruiting me, my decision was made up before they offered me a spot," Glaus said. "I've grown up being a Hawkeye fan.
"Seeing the coaches and the program they led and coming through Bettendorf where you're taught nothing but excellence, I felt at home there."
Glaus is training with former Hawkeye standout Pat Angerer this offseason. He'll report to Iowa City in June for its summer lifting program.