Austin Lommen heads into July without a scholarship offer. He's OK with that.
"Overall, I'm really happy where I'm sitting right now," the Class of 2012 Quarterback said. "I still have options. I feel good about that."
Lommen hails from the Breck School in Minneapolis. He is back from camps at BCS schools Iowa, Stanford and Boston College as well as Ivy League members Dartmouth, Harvard and Brown. He has an upcoming event at Princeton.
"I'm just keeping my options open right now," the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder said. "My goal is to play on the big stage, the BCS level. But I also know the advantages of what comes with playing at an Ivy League school. I see a lot of benefits to BCS schools and Ivy League."
As we've written about here at Hawkeye Insider throughout the last month, Iowa appears to be waiting to offer '12 quarterbacks until the coaches see senior film. Mitch Leidner, who committed to Minnesota on Wednesday, explains what he heard from the Hawkeye staff here.
With Leidner off the board, Lommen, fellow Minnesotan Joe Mollberg and Missouri's Eric Siebenshuh could be the Top 3 on Iowa's list heading into the fall. The Hawkeyes likely are looking at others and a few more could pop on the radar with big senior seasons.
Iowa received a sophomore highlight tape from Lommen and began sending him letters after viewing it. In January, Hawkeye recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson wrote him a letter inviting him to camp this summer. He attended a one-day event in Iowa City.
"Coach Johnson came up to my school during the spring evaluation period," Lommen said. "I thought I had a good day (at the camp). I followed up with him and they told me that they were very impressed.
"They said they would like to see senior film and how I progress and would like to get to know me better. They said I'm definitely on their short list of about five guys that they're looking to do that with.
"They told me they're not going to offer any quarterbacks until they evaluate during the season. They're going in with these guys in mind and makes decisions based on early senior film. I feel good about that one."
Lommen points to arm strength, footwork and decision making ability as his best traits. He describes himself as a pro-style quarterback, the system run by the Hawkeyes. He's also considering an engineering major.
"I really liked it," Lommen said. "They have very nice facilities. They told me they have plans to keep renovating and building new stuff. I like the coaches I was working with, like Coach (Ken) O'Keefe.
"I like what the Iowa programs stands for, which is to not only build you as a football player but help you develop as a person. I looked at their engineering website and it looks like they have a lot of good things going on there as well."
Lommen threw for 3,080 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior with a 61.8 completion percentage.
"I love Breck but I think some scouts question the competition level because we're 3A and don't play schools like Eden Prairie," Lommen said. "I'm hoping I've answered some of those questions at these summer camps."