EDIT: HawkeyeReport.com reports that Rudock remains fully committed to the Hawkeyes, telling the Miami staff today “thanks, but no thanks.”
The last week or so of recruiting comes with plenty of twists and turns.
Things are getting twisty and turny for Iowa’s only quarterback recruit.
Jake Rudock, who led St. Thomas Aquinas to an undefeated season and a state title, apparently is still making up his mind.
On CaneSport.com, a Rivals site, there is a headline that reads “Rudock final decision coming soon.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, who completed 160 of 231 pass attempts (69.3%) for 2,784 yards and 36 touchdowns with only three interceptions, committed to the Hawkeyes in June. (Here’s the post.)
The change is Golden, Miami’s new coach. Despite Rudock’s commitment to Iowa, something he’s reaffirmed at least twice now, Golden and his staff have kept the pedal to the metal.
Golden, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and wide receivers coach George McDonald have visited with Rudock, who picked the Hawkeyes over offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, Memphis, and Minnesota.
There are some Miami connections. Rudock’s father, Bob, has been a Hurricanes season-ticket holder since the 1980s. One of Rudock’s brothers also attends medical school at the U.
“We love the Canes, and I did promise coach Golden we’ll let him know 100 percent very soon,” Bob Rudock told Canesport.com.
So, with about eight days left in the 2011 recruiting season, Iowa is left at “100 percent very soon” with its only quarterback commitment.
Let’s take a quick look at what Iowa has at quarterback going into 2011:
James Vandenberg — He’ll be a junior this season and he’s the leader in the clubhouse for a two-year run at starter.
John Wienke — Also a junior, Wienke’s assignment this spring is to lock down the No. 2 position.
A.J. Derby — Quit trying to make Derby a linebacker or a D-end. He’s a QB for as long as it makes sense to him.
Sophomore walk-on Wyatt Suess also is listed on Iowa’s roster. (DL Anthony Ferguson also not listed.)
Yes, there’s Vandenberg, the QB all of Hawkdom has wanted to see more of since Ohio State ’09. Behind Vandenberg, it’s completely unproven. Wienke has thrown one career pass; Derby’s four years begin next fall.
Iowa’s QB recruiting is a “feast or famine” kind of thing. In 2010, the Hawkeyes landed Derby. In ’09, no QB. Vandenberg and Wienke signed in 2008.
Rudock would be a feast for the Hawkeyes.
If Rudock’s commitment stays 100 percent — and Iowa has covered their bases here with in-homes from Kirk Ferentz and assistant coach Rick Kaczenski, who recruits Florida — Iowa’s QB depth chart is healthy for the next five years.
If could conceiveably go like this: Vandenberg for two seasons and then open competition between Derby and Rudock, may the best man win. Or, as Ferentz hinted to during ’09 signing day, Iowa could introduce a different QB package for Derby.
Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe does play to his QB’s strengths (see Brad Banks and then Nathan Chandler). If Derby could execute a Tebow-type package (not comparing skill sets, just giving you a base for reference), you could see it.
But right now, the battleground is Jake Rudock. The Miami program is making a push. Iowa is hanging on.
The national signing period begins Feb. 2. Next Wednesday. Not soon enough for some of you, I’m sure.