When Iowa State’s camp came to a halt Saturday after nearly four hours, Ames quarterback Michael Frankl was pulled aside and guided inside the Bergstrom Football Complex to meet with Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads in his office.
Some two and a half hours after camp ended, Frankl finally made it home.
“It was awesome meeting with Coach Rhoads. I’ve been a Cyclones fan forever obviously living in Ames,” Frankl said. “It would be a dream come true to play for the Cyclones. I’m very high on their board and [they said] they’re very excited about me and I performed very well at camp. That’s the reason why they pulled me up in the office in the first place."
Frankl, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound local quarterback, didn’t drill at the Cyclones’ camp Saturday because of the ACT, but worked in one-on-ones with other key quarterback prospects and performed well with good touch on his passes and good velocity hitting receivers on quick routes.
Iowa State has been on the search for a quarterback since the spring evaluation period began and has been evaluating quarterbacks both near and far. The Cyclones will host a second camp next week and could make a decision after.
“He pretty much just told me they could give me a call and offer me as soon as Friday after that camp if they think I’m the right guy,” Frankl said. “He told me that they’re very interested in me and be prepared, it could happen soon.”
Frankl hasn’t netted an offer as of yet, but has drawn interest across the board. Iowa and Iowa State have both shown strong interest — though the Hawkeyes now have a quarterback commitment — and the likes of Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Western Illinois, Illinois State and a number of Ivy League schools have been involved.
The Ames quarterback has a number of camps still ahead of him this summer, but after camping with both Iowa and Iowa State in the last week he now knows he can compete for a Division I scholarship.
“Now I kind of know for sure I have what it takes to play Division I football,” Frankl said of the camps. “Now that everyone else is kind of seeing me at camps, things have really kind of started to pick up.”
That included Saturday, when Frankl was summoned to Rhoads’ office after throwing well in front of coaches. Frankl asked Rhoads for feedback, and Iowa State plans to call him Monday after evaluating camp and meeting as a staff to inform him how he performed and what he can work on.
After that, Frankl will be waiting on a final evaluation while continuing to attend camps across the Midwest in the weeks ahead.
“Before camp I knew they were interested and everything, but I honestly didn’t know they were interested as much as I found out they were,” Frankl said. “I met with all the coaches and I met with Coach Rhoads and everything and all that good stuff. I just talked with all of them and they said I’m very, very high on their board.”