Mollberg Talks Iowa Camp

It what seems like an endless list of 2012 quarterbacks Iowa is considering offering a scholarship, Hawkeye Insider brings you another name - Joe Mollberg. The Minnesota prospect talks about his camp with the Hawkeyes and meeting with Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe during the weekend.

You can add Joe Mollberg to the group of 2012 quarterbacks looking to earn an Iowa scholarship. So, where does he stand with the Hawkeyes?

"They tell me that they are down to their last few prospects (in consideration for an offer)," the Detroit Lakes (MIN) High product said. "They've told me for a long time that I'm in their Top 5 and have always been in their Top 5 before they saw me throw. They told me to call them this week. They're going to narrow it down to a few guys. From everything they've told me, I'm going to be in that final group."

Strongsville, Ohio QB Austin Pritchard camped with Mollberg at Iowa on Saturday along with several other signal callers. Pritchard said in an article we published last night that Iowa would not be offering another quarterback a scholarship until this fall.

"They didn't tell me that," Mollberg said. "They just said they wanted me to call them this week and Coach (Ken) O'Keefe wanted to Skype with me again. If I don't get an Iowa offer by the end of the summer, I'm going to commit somewhere else. I don't want it going into my senior season."

Mollberg holds scholarship offers from North Dakota State, South Dakota State and North Dakota.

"Up here in Northern Minnesota, those schools recruit pretty hard," Mollberg said. "I've also heard from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois."

Mollberg arrived in Iowa City on Friday and camped on Saturday.

"I think it went really well," he said. "I met with Coach O'Keefe for about an hour on Friday. We went over a lot of the mental part of the game. On Saturday, I think I threw and ran well."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Mollberg plays in a veer offense at Detroit Lakes. He threw the ball only 100 times last season with seven touchdowns.

"That makes it a little more difficult to get recruited," he said. "But I have an old school coach who has won championships by running the ball. We ran off a seven-game win streak last year. I'm happy with the way we play football."

Detroit Lakes passed the ball more when Mollberg was a sophomore. He accumulated 1,500 yards and tossed 15 scores.

"I feel like I can play in a pro-style and make all the throws," he said. "And having played in the veer, I can also run when I have to."

Mollberg said Minnesota listed him as their No. 1 quarterback in his class for three years, but they've backed off after receiving a verbal from Philip Nelson.

"They had three coaching changes there while they were recruiting me," Mollberg said. "The new staff viewed me as their No. 2. That's the way it goes sometimes."

Mollberg said that Wisconsin moved on from him after gaining a verbal commitment from Bart Houston.

"I think they're only taking one quarterback in the class," he said.

Mollberg said he's undecided about a college major but is leaning towards the school of education with the idea of teaching and coaching football in his future.

"The first thing I'm looking for is a place where I really connect with the coaches," he said. "I want to be on the same page. Education also is very important in my choice."


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