Seuss' Recruitment Starts In-State, Moves Out

ISU head coach Dan McCarney signed two in-state quarterbacks last February and could look to add another for the Class of 2004 with a Cedar Rapids Washington gunslinger that led his team to an undefeated regular season last fall in Iowa's Class 4A.

Warren Seuss, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, is receiving the most recruiting attention from the Cyclones and Hawkeyes, but indicates a few other prestigious institutions have called on him lately.

"I don't currently have any offers, but things are starting to pick up a little more," said Seuss, who last fall completed 74-of-138 passes for 1,130 yards and 12 touchdowns to three interceptions. "I receive stuff daily and am getting more hand-written notes. I've heard Iowa State's pretty close to offering me. I'm pretty sure that Iowa and Vanderbilt are pretty interested as well. Cal-Berkeley is starting to come around and so are Stanford and Northwestern."

Seuss said his current plan is to major in business.

"I think all are quality institutions and offer their respective things," he said. "I need to take everything into account when I finally look at my school."

The Washington quarterback has already done some advance scouting, however, including trips to spring football practices in Ames and Iowa City.

"It was pretty interesting to see the different coaching styles," Seuss said. "I've been down to an Iowa practice and it's interesting to see the difference between Coach McCarney and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz."

What were some positives about his trip to ISU?

"I thought Iowa State had a very good program and I was impressed in how they ran their practices," he said. "They were very upbeat and intense. I enjoyed talking with the quarterbacks coach Steve Brickey, as well as Coach McCarney and Coach (Terry) Allen."

Seuss' summer figures to be a busy one. In addition to padded camps at ISU and Iowa, he'll hit a one-day instructional session at Michigan and travel back to California in late June to work with heralded quarterback tutor Roger Theder, who has worked with former Miami standout Ken Dorsey and several other top West Coast players.

Although there are plenty of things he'd like to sharpen in the next 12 months, Seuss said he is pleased with the work he's done since opening his junior campaign.

"In the last year I think I've improved tremendously with my accuracy and releasing my ball quicker," he said. "I've improved my fundamentals significantly. In terms of strength, it's developed a little but I haven't been able to lift as many weights as I've hoped for because I'm a three-sport athlete. But being in track and basketball the whole off-season has helped to further my athletic development."

Washington tended to be a bit more run-oriented in 2002, but that could change next fall with the senior throwing darts to national wide receiver recruit Adrian Arrington.

"I think I averaged 14 drop-backs per game and have done a little bit of rolling out, but I think you'll see more of that this year," he said.

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