Roback Enjoys Iowa Trip

Brogan Roback enjoyed his first trip to Iowa last weekend when he watched the Hawkeyes top Northwestern under the lights. The Class of 2013 Ohio quarterback is turning heads already and holds a few scholarship offers. Find out where he and the Hawkeyes stand and get the latest on his recruitment in this update.

Brogan Roback does not vote in a college football poll. He might be more qualified than some of the folks that do, however.

The Class of 2013 quarterback from Ohio has watched in person some of the top teams in the country this season. He's scheduled to see more.

Roback witnessed Michigan beating Notre Dame in Ann Arbor and LSU knock off West Virginia in Morgantown. He's planned to see Wisconsin at Michigan State on Saturday and set to go to Madison when the Badgers play host to Penn State.

This past weekend, he looked on from Iowa's Kinnick Stadium, where the Hawkeyes upended Northwestern, 41-31, in front of a sell out crowd.

"I liked it a lot," the 6-foot-4, 185-pound product of Toledo's St. Johns Jesuit said. "It's got that far-from-home but close-to-home feeling."

Even though it was a 14-hour round trip to visit Iowa, he felt the visit was well worth it.

"I like that they have a tradition there," Roback said. "I liked the people that surrounded the whole football team, coaching wise and player wise. The people gave me the good feeling inside.

"It's a great football town. There's nothing there except for Iowa football and Iowa sports. I can see the fans go nuts for them and it's just a great place to be a college athlete."

Hawkeye Assistant Phil Parker is leading the team's recruitment of Roback.

"I talked to Coach Parker a lot (on the visit)," Roback said. "He recruits our area. I talked to him beforehand along with my family. I talked to him on the field for a second. And then after the game I talked to him and also the head coach (Kirk Ferentz) in the locker room."

Roback also met up with some familiar faces on the Iowa team.

"I got to talk to Ray Hamilton," he said. "I also talked to Andrew Donnal. I'm good friends with both of them.

"I talked to them after the game. I asked why they chose Iowa. They asked me how I felt about the place. It was building a relationship with the coaching staff along with other players there."

Roback, who holds offers from Toledo and Bowling Green, received positive feedback from the Iowa coaches

"They told me to keep having a good season," Roback said. "They want my half-season highlight film. They were excited that I came.

"They want to keep in touch and keep building the relationship with me and see where it goes from here. They hoped that I would make it back up there again, soon."

Roback said that he's also hearing from West Virginia, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Cincinnati. He plans to hit some junior days this winter and camps in the summer.

"I'm going to train and add more muscle and weight before I head out and do a couple more camps," he said. "I probably won't go to as many as I did last year. I'll just go to a selected few that are interested in me that I want to go to."

Roback fits into the system at Iowa.

"I'm more of a pro-style quarterback," he said. "My pocket awareness is one of my strengths. I can feel when to step out when the pocket is collapsing. I can run and scramble around when I have to. I'm more of a thrower, but I run a 4.65, 40, so I can take off when I need to."


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