It would have been easy for Desmond King to take the money and run. But, the Iowa cornerback who won the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football this season opted to return for his senior season in a Hawkeye uniform. It's a refreshing choice. And, it probably was the right thing to do. King confirmed on Instagram on Tuesday what his mother let the world know on Monday night -- that he planned to return to Iowa next fall, planning not only to earn a degree but to continue to work to grow his game. "Feels good to finish my education and be with my brothers for my senior year,'' King wrote. "There will be those that say my decision is wrong but it's what's best for me. Let's make it a good one fellas.'' It's a decision that shows some maturity on the part of a player who celebrated his 21st birthday less than a month ago. King and his mother, Yvette Powell, have placed a value on education and he has said all along that would factor into his decision. What we also don't know is what King learned from the NFL draft advisory committee, which provided him with some insight about where he might end up in this year's draft. King wisely talked things over with family members and coaches before reaching his decision. He showed tremendous growth in his game this past season, but both King and coaches see work that remains to be done. Prior to the Rose Bowl, coach Kirk Ferentz said he believes King has the ability to grow his game to an entirely different level with continued progress. Remember, he was thrown into action for Iowa as an 18-year-old true freshman. In terms of age, another year of seasoning at the college level should benefit him. In a secondary which returns Greg Mabin at the other corner and Miles Taylor at strong safety among eight returning starters on defense, King becomes part of a group which has a chance to become of the strongest defenses in Hawkeye history. He has a chance to lead that effort and with continued growth become one of the most decorated defenders to ever play for the Iowa. King seems to want to make that happen.