Iowa is taking its time evaluating quarterback prospects in the 2012 recruiting class. It's not the first time the Hawkeye coaches have used this approach.
Maybe that fact can ease the minds of the current recruits waiting on the Hawkeyes to offer a scholarship. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said his team will take one scholarship quarterback in this class.
Eric Siebenshuh finds himself in that position. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 205-pound quarterback from Saint Charles, MO, is being told by Iowa coaches that he remains in the mix for a scholarship offer.
Siebenshuh visited Iowa for Saturday night's 41-31 win against Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium. It represented his second unofficial visit to the school this fall.
"I talked to Coach (Eric) Johnson before the game," Siebenshuh said. "I talked to Coach (Ken) O'Keefe in the locker room (after the game). We just talked about recruiting. They said they're still going through the (evaluation) process. They said for me to just keep doing what I'm doing and stay healthy."
"I think we're the three," Siebenshuh said of the players competing for the same scholarship.
Siebenshuh previously visited Iowa for the Pittsburgh game last month. He could tell things were different when it came to playing a conference opponent.
"It was a great game," Siebenshuh said. "The offense did really well. It seemed like there were a lot more recruits here during this game because it was a Big Ten Game."
Siebenshuh's Francis Howell High team has started 5-3 this season. The tall, right-hander has thrown for 1,926 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Howell High coaches recently sent out film of Siebenshuh to college coaches. Tennessee-Martin has offered him a scholarship.
Siebenshuh is is starting for the first time in his varsity career. He feels like he got behind in the recruiting process as a result.
"It's hard being patient," he said. "You just have to wait it out. You have no control."
Siebenshuh speaks with Johnson once and week.
"We just talk about how I'm doing and family and school," Siebenshuh said of the conversations. "They just say that they like what I'm doing and to just keep doing it. They just want to keep watching me and keep evaluating me.
Siebenshuh was unsure of how long he would wait for an Iowa offer.
"I just need to keep playing and keep waiting," he said.
Siebenshuh said he could be back for another Iowa visit next month.
"They said they'd like to have me back as much as possible,' he said. "We probably wouldn't make it back next week. We might get back for one of the Michigan games."