Northern Reviews Iowa Camp

Hayden Northern showed off his talents to the Iowa coaching staff last weekend as the 2012 QB continued his tour of college campuses. Find out how the Indiana native felt he did at the Hawkeye event and get the latest on his recruitment in this update.

As he toured the University of Iowa, he received a lot of positive comments about his name.

"I heard it's a good football name quite a bit," Hayden Northern said.

That happens when you're named after the schools all-time winningest coach on the gridiron, Hayden Fry.

Northern participated in Iowa's one-day camp on Saturday. The 2012 quarterback from Martinsville, Ind. didn't receive an offer yet.

"I think they're in the same position as a lot of schools I'm camping at this summer," the 6-foot-3 1/2, 195-pound right-hander said. "They're bringing through a lot of quarterbacks to get a look at them. After the camps are done, they'll make a decision on who to offer."

Northern camped at Cincinnati on Sunday and also as participated in drills at Toledo and Northern Illinois. He's schedule to be at Miami of Ohio on Wednesday, a three-day team camp at Indiana after that, then Purdue and the Chicago Showcase on June 22. Southern Illinois and Western Michigan also have been recruiting him.

"I feel like recruiting is going pretty well," Northern said. "I think I'm getting closer to my first offer from a few schools. Coaches at these camps are telling me that they like what they see. They're just looking at a few quarterbacks during the camp process and will offer after that.

"I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing at these camps. I feel like I'm throwing pretty well and something good will happen."

Northern said he has good arm strength and accuracy is probably his biggest asset.

"I'm a pro-style quarterback, but I can move in the pocket and run if I have to," he said. "I'm definitely not an option guy."

Martinsville runs the speed offense, so colleges are wanting to see Northern under center in camps.

"I practice that a lot on my own," he said. "I definitely don't feel like I'm behind on my drops."

Northern lettered on the varsity basketball team as a freshman and sophomore before giving up the sport to concentrate on football. He's shown an ability to play quarterback at the next level at camps like Iowa's.

"I felt like I threw the ball the best I could there," Northern said of his day in Iowa City. "I showed the coaches what I had and I hope everything works out."

The Hawkeyes have been recruiting Northern since before last season.

"I feel like me and Coach (Eric) Johnson have a real good relationship," Northern said. "I've communicated with Coach (Ken) O'Keefe on Facebook, but I finally got to meet him at camp. All of their coaches are great. It's a real good school with great facilities."

Northern said he would like to make his college choice before his senior year begins. He hopes to study business and marketing.

"I'm looking for a place where I feel at home," Northern said. "It has to be the best place for me as a person and to get a great education and a place that will help me reach my potential as a person and a quarterback. I'm making a decision not just for the next four years, but for a lifetime."

Northern said he grew up as a fan of the Big Ten and Notre Dame. He's followed the Hawkeyes.

"I watched almost all of the Iowa football games," he said. "My dad has done a lot of pheasant hunting there and he likes it a lot."


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