When you're a back-up quarterback as a high school junior, you've got a lot to prove. Eric Siebenshuh is embracing that challenge.
"It's been hard," the 6-foot-3 1.2, 202-pounder said. "I'm just trying to go to a bunch of camps to schools that have contacted me or have talked to my QB coach and showed interest."
Siebenshuh impressed the Iowa coaches at a camp in Iowa City recently.
"Right now, Iowa has shown the most interest but I've also talked to (Missouri), Indiana, Illinois and Southern Illinois," the 2012 Howell High (St. Charles, MO) product said. "Iowa sends me the most letters. They were the ones who called when they could. They want me to keep calling and staying in touch."
Mitch Leidner, a '12 quarterback recruit, reported to Hawkeye Insider last week that he, fellow Minnesota products Joe Mollberg and Austin Lommen, and a prospect from Missouri were at the top of Iowa's list after camps. Recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson, who also is lead man on Siebenshuh, told Leidner that the coaches will be evaluating them this fall before offering any of them.
"That's also what I was told," said Siebenshuh, who said he is the player from Missouri Johnson mentioned to Leidner. "Since I didn't start last year, they wanted to see some of my senior game film."
Howell employed a senior as its starting quarterback last year.
"He was a really good athlete and he ran the ball a lot," Siebenshuh said. "I did get reps, though. And we'll throw it more this year."
The Iowa coaches told Siebenshuh that they like his arm strength, accuracy and mechanics. He says he needs improvement on reading defenses and timing.
"I like their offense," Siebenshuh said. "I'm looking for a pro-style offense instead of a running offense or a shot gun."
Siebenshuh kicked off June at the Nike Camp in Oregon. Camps at Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Louisville, Indiana, Illinois and Southern Illinois have followed. He's scheduled one more to Ole Miss.
"I've pretty much been gone for the month of June," Siebenshuh said. "It's a lot of traveling. I'm hoping it will pay off and work out for me."
Siebenshuh said he was dragging initially at the Iowa camp.
"I think I threw the ball pretty well," he said. "I definitely did better in the second half. I was pretty tired from traveling during the first part."
Siebenshuh is confident that he'll be able to show college coaches what they need to see this fall and earn scholarship offers.
"I feel that if I just keep working hard and do my thing and worry about me. I'll be fine," he said.