Lommen Playing It Cool

After camping at Iowa this summer, 2012 Quarterback Austin Lommen has been on the Hawkeyes' radar. The Senior from Minneapolis visited Iowa City this weekend. He talks about his conversation with coaches and where he stands with the program.

If patience is a virtue, Austin Lommen appears to be pretty righteous - at least as it pertains to football recruiting. He's fine waiting for his opportunity.

The Class of 2012 Quarterback from Minneapolis visited Iowa unofficially on Saturday after camping at the school this summer. The Hawkeye coaches have been evaluating him and a few other players at his position, two of which - Hayden Northern and Eric Siebenshuh - joined him in Iowa City this weekend.

"As far as recruiting goes, they said to keep sending them film," Lommen said of the feedback he received from the Iowa coaches this weekend. "They said they liked what they see and they would stay in touch."

Lommen said he feels good about where he stands with the Hawkeyes.

"It doesn't feel like they're in a rush to make a decision, which is fine with me," the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder said. "I seems like I'm very high on a short list of quarterbacks. They've told me that they've been very impressed with game film and have given me specific comments, like they like my release.

"I'm definitely staying very positive about where I stand with Iowa right now."

While some prospects get anxious during the process, Lommen is at ease taking his time.

"I know there are a lot of recruits who want to get things rolling as soon as possible." said Lommen, who plays for the Breck School. "But I feel confident with where I'm at with them right now and their interest level. I'm not in a rush to make a decision because I want to make sure I make the right decision.

"Would it be nice for them to come out and offer tomorrow? Yeah, that would be nice. But I don't need that."

Several Ivy League schools are in hot pursuit of Lommen. He visited Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown and Princeton this summer. North Dakota also has shown more interest recently.

"The Ivy League is a possibility because of the academic opportunity that it provides," Lommen said. "I've been doing very well in the classroom and academics are very important to me. I'm particularly interested in engineering and Iowa definitely has a very strong engineering program."

Lommen looked on from his seat in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday night as the Hawkeyes outlasted Northwestern, 41-31. The crowd was raucous.

"It was a great experience," Lommen said. "It was a really neat atmosphere. All the pre-game stuff was pretty neat. It was nice to see the atmosphere outside of the stadium and then be able to go talk to the coaches after the game in the locker room. That was a great part of the visit."

The Breck School stands at 3-4, having dealt with injuries at key positions this season. Lommen has played in six games. He's thrown for about 1,700 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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