Iowa’s quarterback cabinet is stocked with pro-style types.
Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard will fight it out to replace James Vandenberg. Texas freshman Nic Shimonek will join them next fall. They all fit the pro-style mold, ranging from 6-2 to 6-4 in height and with just hints of a talent for running the ball in their backgrounds.
If Union High School’s Jay Scheel ends up at quarterback for the Hawkeyes, he would be the only legit dual-threat QB on the roster. Scheel, who rushed for 1,291 yards and passed for another 1,593 yards last season, committed to the Hawkeyes this weekend. Scheel, 6-1, 170, becomes the third Iowa commitment for the 2014 class, joining Cedar Falls O-lineman Ross Pierschbacher and South Dakota WR Matt VandeBerg.
As it stands now, Iowa is open to whatever position Scheel, also offered by Iowa State, Nebraska and Minnesota, wants to play.
So, it’s a wait-and-see.
“Well, I talked to coach Greg Davis, the offensive coordinator, and he said that he really feels like I can excel at receiver, but if I want to give quarterback a shot, I could,” Scheel told HawkeyeReport.com. “Coach [Kirk] Ferentz also said that, so I’m not so sure I shouldn’t give quarterback a shot, but we’ll see what I want to do and what they prefer once I get there.
“I’m okay with playing anything really. Part of the reason the coaches want me to play receiver is it’s a better chance to see the field, but I think I could do well at either position. We’ll just wait and see.”
Union coach Joe Hadachek said Scheel is a “multi-talented” quarterback.
“He does a lot of things with the zone read and the power-read type game,” Hadachek said. “He’s also good in the play-action pass and the naked bootleg game. He gives you the run-pass option as a QB.”
Oregon, the place to be for a run-pass QB, visited Union last spring and had a “deep” interest in Scheel, inviting him to the QB camp in Eugene.
Staying in Iowa was a priority for Scheel, Hadachek said, and it came down to Iowa or Iowa State. Scheel’s family is from Mount Auburn, near La Porte City.
Iowa was the place. Scheel is willing to wait and see what position.
“Quarterback or wide receiver. (Iowa) said I could play, either,” Scheel said. “So we’ll see. I like them both.”
Union won the Class 3A state title in 2010, when Scheel was a sophomore. Scheel was elevated to QB after starting his sophomore season at wide receiver. Trev Hadachek, Joe’s son, was Union’s QB but suffered shoulder injury. Hadachek couldn’t throw, but was otherwise healthy. So, Scheel and Hadachek switched and it’s stayed that way.
By the way, Trev Hadachek has been invited to walk on at Iowa and Iowa State. He has offers from FCS Eastern Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota State with Northern Iowa on the verge of an offer. So, he’s also an athlete with bona fide skills.
“Those two started connecting than they were the other way around,” Joe Hadachek said. “Trev became the go-to wideout and Jay became the quarterback. They developed into this story where we won the 3A title without ever having been to the UNI-Dome before.”
Hadachek said Scheel isn’t one for the spotlight and so isn’t crazy about the recruiting grind. Scheel wanted to announce his commitment, which won’t become official until February 2014, well before his senior football season at Union.
He is set on Iowa, but Scheel isn’t set on a position.
“If you want an athletic guy back there, he presents an opportunity for change,” Hadachek said. “The Brad Banks or Colin Kaepernick style of play, he’s that type of kid. He weighs 170 pounds, his 6-1 or 6-2 and can jump out of the gym on the basketball court. You’ve got an electrifying guy, the only question is how many touches can you get him?”
Other Iowa recruiting tidbits:
– Scheel attended Iowa’s “Junior Day” for 11th-grade recruits on Sunday, along with Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Matt Nelson, among others. Nelson is a 6-8, 245-pound tight end/OL prospect. Nelson told HawkeyeReport.com that he enjoyed visiting with Iowa’s TE coach D.J. Hernandez.
– According to HawkeyeReport.com, wide receiver Andrew Stone will walk on at Iowa next fall. The 5-10, 175-pounder had a productive season at Iowa Western Community College last fall, catching 60 passes for 685 yards and nine TDs. Stone, a former Cedar Falls prep, will join kicker Alden Haffar, long snapper Tyler Kluver, D-lineman Corbin Blythe and OL Boone Myers as walk-ons next fall.
– Indianola OL Keegan Render (6-3, 310) visited Iowa for junior day and also attended Saturday night’s basketball game between the Hawkeyes and Wisconsin. Render, also a 2014 recruit, has offers from Iowa and Iowa State. Render told HawkeyeReport that he’s in no hurry to commit.
– Missouri junior RB prospect Dalvin Warmack told HawkeyeReport that Iowa’s running backs coach Lester Erb wasn’t at junior day. For what it’s worth.
– Iowa’s 2013 class remains at 15.
Matt VandeBerg, WR/FS 6-1, 170 Brandon Valley (South Dakota) High School
Ross Pierschbacher, OL, 6-4, 275 Cedar Falls High School
Jay Scheel, ATH, 6-1, 170 Union High School