Quarterback commitments have started coming earlier and earlier the last few recruiting cycles.
There is a domino effect. One goes, they all start looking to lock in on their options. For the 2015 recruiting class, Iowa received a commitment from Illinois QB Jack Beneventi on Dec. 5. Wednesday, West Des Moines Dowling QB Ryan Boyle visited Iowa's first spring practice and must've really liked what he saw.
Boyle, a 6-1, 215-pounder, committed to Iowa, which now has six commitments for the 2015 class. He announced his choice on Twitter Wednesday night.
— Ryan Boyle (@Ryan_Boyle10) March 27, 2014
Boyle picked Iowa over offers from Western Michigan, Illinois State and Montana State. Coming back from a torn ACL his sophomore year, Boyle last season completed 119 of 187 (63.6 percent) for 1,833 yards, 21 touchdowns and just three interceptions. As a runner, Boyle also racked up 1,332 yards and 24 touchdowns.
So, two quarterbacks? Yes, but two very different quarterbacks.
As the numbers from his junior season show, Boyle is a dual threat quarterback. At 6-1, he also doesn't have the classic pro-style QB's height. That's Beneventi, a 6-6, 190-pounder from Benet Academy in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
"I think he is a student of the game," Dowling coach Tom Wilson told HawkeyeReport.com. "His work ethic and his competitiveness are as good as I've been around. I think how we use him to work to his strengths allow him to move around. In our offense, we use the shotgun quite a bit and that works to his benefit."
Iowa is loaded up at quarterback. Junior Jake Rudock is the incumbent starter. He'll face a challenge from sophomore C.J. Beathard. Redshirt freshman Nik Shimonek is the No. 3. Tyler Wiegers is an incoming freshman. And now, there's Beneventi and Boyle.
Boyle was offered a scholarship in February. He knew Iowa already had a QB in the class.
"With him [Beneventi] being there, it doesn't affect me at all," Boyle told HawkeyeReport,com when asked about QB competition. "I'm not afraid of competition and I don't like to lose. I'm a competitor and having another player there doesn't really affect me."
Boyle's commitment gives Iowa four of the top five recruits from the state of Iowa, according to the Rivals rankings. Earlier this month, Iowa picked up commitments from Woodbury Central offensive (and twins) Landen and Levi Paulsen. They're ranked Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. West Lyon OL Jake Newborg, Iowa's first commitment for the 2015 class, is No. 4. Boyle is fifth. Cedar Rapids Prairie O-lineman Bryce Meeker is ranked No. 1.
Boyle met Newborg and the Paulsens during his March 4 visit to Iowa City.
"[Newborg] sat in front of me at the basketball game and it was good to talk to him," Boyle said. "He has a lot of passion."
On the Paulsens, "They are some big boys. They are two really great commits that Iowa landed and they'll do great things at Iowa."
Oral commitments are non-binding. The national signing period begins Feb. 4, 2015.
Jacob Newborg, OL/DL, 6-4, 271, West Lyon High School (Inwood) ***
Jack Beneventi, QB, 6-6, 190, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) ***
Drew Cook, ATH, 6-5, 205, Regina High School (Iowa City) **
Landen Paulsen, OT, 6-6, 285, Woodbury Central (Moville) ***
Levi Paulsen, OT, 6-6, 275, Woodbury Central (Moville) ***
Ryan Boyle, QB, 6-1, 215, Dowling Catholic High School (West Des Moines) **
(* -- Rivals.com rating)