Iowa Offers '12 QB

I took a entire fall to evaluate quarterback prospects, but Iowa finally pulled the trigger on offering a '12 player at the position. Meet Cody Sokol and read what he has to say about his Iowa connection and Hawkeye offer.

Cody Sokol grew up in the Valley of the Sun. Inside, however, he was strongly connected to Iowa.

The Class of 2012 quarterback from Scottsdale (AZ) Community College moved to Arizona while in elementary school and attended high school there. And while he physically left Iowa behind, he grew up pulling for the Hawkeyes.

Sunday, they offered him a scholarship.

"It's kind of my home away from home, so it's cool that I got an offer," the 6-foot-2, 205-pound signal caller said. "Growing up, it's been a dream of mine to play for them. It's kind of cool to watch it all come together."

Iowa's offer did not secure Sokol's commitment, however. Arizona also offered a scholarship this week.

Sokol is scheduled to officially visit Iowa this weekend after being at Arizona for an official on Wednesday and Thursday. He also holds offers from Memphis, Florida International and Cincinnati.

Sokol has used two officials so far - FIU and Cincinnati. He felt like he knew where his fifth and final trip would be to.

"Baylor looks like they're going to offer soon, if not (Tuesday)," Sokol said. "i should be taking an official out there after the dead period."

After missing out on some of its top high school targets in the '12 group, Iowa spent the fall evaluating quarterbacks. Sokol became the first one to grab an offer.

"It's pretty even between the five schools," Sokol said. "I learned from taking the JUCO route that I need to be mature about this. I can't make an impulse decision based off of emotion. I want to make sure I take all of my visits and see where is the best chance for me to fit in.

"Iowa has always been one of my top schools, but a lot of the schools that have been talking to me have been, too. It just happened to work out that the schools that I've always been interested in are in the picture."

Sokol also held an offer from Maryland. The Terps pulled that opportunity on Monday after finding out they would be getting two injured signal callers back next season, Sokol said.

"That's OK," he said. "I understand it's a business. I have a good group of schools that I'm interested in. I feel like I'm still in a good spot."

Iowa has spoken to Sokol a lot during the last two weeks, but the relationship goes back father than that. He attended a Hawkeye camp before his senior season at Desert Vista High.

"They were really interested before I broke my foot," Sokol said. "A.J. Derby was at the camp, too. We both stayed after the camp and threw. They were interested in both of us."

Derby ended up choosing Iowa but switched to the linebacker position this fall. Sokol said breaking his foot as a prep senior forced him into the JUCO route.

"I went on unofficial to Iowa (this summer)," Sokol said. "I was visiting family in Iowa. Coach (Ken) O'Keefe showed me around a little bit. He's been in contact with me for most of the year."

Sokol will have three years to play two at a Division I school. He describes himself as a pro-style quarterback.

"I can move in the pocket," he said. "I can break tackles and makes plays. But I really like to pick the defense apart with my arm rather than my feet."

As a sophomore, Sokol threw for 3,807 yards and 43 touchdowns with 10 interceptions for Scottsdale. He completed 253 of 424 pass attempts (59.7 percent).

"I'm going to try to fit these last three visits in and then make my decision towards the end of December," he said.

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