Northern Sees Iowa Again

Hayden Northern visited Iowa unofficially for the third time this season on Saturday. The 2012 quarterback talks about his talk with Hawkeye coaches and updates his recruitment.

Iowa came into the season evaluating a group of 2012 quarterbacks. The Hawkeyes planned to take one in the class, according to head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Indiana's Hayden Northern is in that mix. He's just not sure where he stands.

"I have no idea where I fit in the Top 3," the 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal caller said. "I went to the (Michigan State) game (Saturday) and Coach (Eric) Johnson told me that they're going to come for an in-house visit in early December. If it comes down to throwing, then Coach O'Keefe is going to head up and watch me throw in a gym or outside, if it's not too cold."

Saturday's trip represented Northern's third unofficial visit to Iowa this season. He also attended contests against Tennessee State and Northwestern.

"It's been pretty consistent," Northern said of Iowa's approach to recruiting him. "They've watched film. They've talked about taking a look at my camp film, too, if they need to. They're still evaluating.

"Right now, they're really focusing on their season. After that, they're going to sit down and evaluate more."

Eric Siebenshuh and Austin Lommen are believed to be the other two quarterbacks in the hunt for Iowa's '12 quarterback scholarship offer.

"I know who they are, but it doesn't really matter," Northern said of the guys with whom he's competing for the ride. "I just have to do my best and worry about me right now."

Indiana and Toledo are the other schools talking to Northern, he reported. The Hoosiers are looking into quarterbacks after the nation's No. 1 signal caller, Gunner Kiel, de-committed from the Big Ten program.

"Right now, they're trying to figure out what they're going to do," Northern said of Indiana. "They said they may or may not take a quarterback. They said they're looking at a lot of JUCO players right now. They need some linemen and linebackers. They're still trying to figure out what they need and what they want."

Toledo has a verbal commitment from '12 Detroit quarterback Brian Blackburn.

"I think I'm pretty high up there for them," Northern said of the Rockets. "They have a QB committed, but they have talked about taking another quarterback in this class. That's all I really know about them right now."

Northern said he isn't hearing from any other schools outside of Iowa, Indiana and Toledo.

"After the season, my dad and I are going to make a highlight tape and send the link out to some schools that don't have quarterback commitments," the Martinsville High Product said. "Then, we'll go from there."

Northern has been a varsity starter since his freshman season. He wasn't sure about his stats this season but said he has nearly 7,000 yards and 65 touchdown passes in his career.

Northern's next scheduled unofficial visit will be to Indiana for their rivalry game with Purdue the weekend after Thanksgiving.

"It's kind of frustrating sometimes, but for me and my family, we just talk about that God is going to put me in the right place," Northern said about waiting for scholarship offers. "Wherever I land is the place I need to be."


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