While 2016 quarterback Joe Hess has drawn interest from a number of schools around the Midwest and ramped up his visits in recent weeks, the critical stretch of his recruitment has finally arrived.
Hess, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound quarterback from Mount Pleasant (IA), has made visits to Iowa, Minnesota and Iowa State in recent weeks and plans to visit Northern Iowa for its spring game Saturday. As the spring evaluation starts begins, schools will now be coming to visit Hess.
“At Minnesota they said Coach Kill has hardly ever made an offer to a quarterback without him actually seeing them at camp or visiting him at his high school and watching him throw,” Hess told AllCyclones.com. “That’s what most schools that are recruiting me right now are saying. There have been a few schools that have been trying to set up meetings to watch me throw this week.”
While Hess has yet to net an offer, he has been in contact with a number of schools that are waiting to see him throw in-person. In addition to Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota and Northern Iowa, Hess has been hearing from Eastern Michigan, Western Illinois and Northern Illinois.
Iowa State, which Hess has visited multiple times, was potentially going to visit during the first week of the evaluation period. A number of schools have shared an interest to see Hess throw at his school or at camps this summer.
“It revs me up,” Hess said. “Visiting, you can’t really do anything besides introduce yourself and get a feel for what they want to show you. The reason why they’re having you there is because watching my film and seeing my ability and stuff. For them to actually watch me play in person and stuff, that’s really enjoyable for me because I actually get to showcase my ability.”
While Hess said he might visit Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois in the coming weeks, he also has his summer schedule set. The quarterback will attend camps at Minnesota, Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas State and Northern Iowa.
Along the way, he’ll be aiming for that first offer.
“Offer-wise,” Hess said, “it just depends how I perform in front of them.”