Gerard Picks Up Offer From Cowboys

Shawn Gerard picks up his first offer.

You can add another to the list of the success stories from the 2006 All-American Combine that took place in Iowa City, Iowa this past April 22nd.

Eldridge, Iowa (North Scott) linebacker Shawn Gerard attended the combine, and received his first scholarship offer three days later from the Wyoming Cowboys, who were in attendance at the combine.


"Wyoming offered me on Tuesday after the combine," Gerard told "Coach (Mike) Breske told me he liked my film a lot, was able to size me up at the combine, and liked how I performed well enough to offer a scholarship. He told me he likes how physical I play the game, but wants to see me continue to add size and strength this summer."


"Coach Breske knew I was faster than the times I ran at the combine as I was running on a sore hamstring. I thought the combine was pretty cool. To see all those players was pretty awesome. I looked up the times at the combine, and it seemed the best athletes were at that one. Everything went really fast, and efficiently. I even learned some as it was my first time doing some of the linebacker drills."


Gerard is originally from Greeley, Colorado, where he lived until his sophomore year, when he moved to Eldridge, Iowa to attend North School High School. He attended a Wyoming team camp as a freshman so he is familiar with the area.

Still, Gerard has found a comfort level with his surroundings in the state of Iowa, and will attend both the Hawkeyes and Cyclone summer camps in hopes of earning offers.


"Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and Coach (Reese) Morgan came by my high school the week before the combine. Coach Morgan told me he liked hearing how I won the 110 meter high hurdles with a hurt hamstring, and how I also do the high jump and throw the discus in track. He told me to come to their one day senior elite camp, as well, as to one day of their regular camp," Gerard stated.


"I spoke to Iowa State after the combine, and they told me they liked what they saw. They said they still want to come over for camp. They haven't been by the school, yet, but I'm expecting them to come by at some point."

Gerard is still a relative unknown to many around the midwest, but I'm telling you now, Big 12 and Big 10 programs will be making a mistake if they don't at least give him a look.


"Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas State, Nebraska, and Colorado have all been writing me mail, but I haven't received any indication they will be coming by the school. I believe there is a good chance Minnesota will, but I'm not sure," Gerard concluded.

Gerard was named third team All-State linebacker as a junior by the Iowa Newspaper Association. He was also named third team All-Metro by the Quad City Times.

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