Sokol Pledges to Iowa

Cody Sokol made it a happy New Year's Eve for the Iowa coaching staff when he announced he would be committing to the Hawkeyes.

The Iowa football team may not have gotten a bowl victory during it's trip to Arizona, but the Hawkeyes landed a potentially key recruit in the Valley of the Sun on Saturday night.

Scottsdale Community College Quarterback Cody Sokol announced via Twitter that he would be signing with the Hawkeyes a day after they lost to Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl. He chose Iowa ahead of Arizona, Cincinnati and Florida International.

"Happy to be a HAWKEYE!!!" Sokol tweeted on New Year's Eve.

Sokol is believed to be the 17th verbal commitment in Iowa's 2012 recruiting class. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said recently that he expected the group to include about 20-23 players.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sokol comes to Iowa with three years to play two. The Iowa coaches are telling him that he'll likely red shirt behind senior James Vandenberg in 2012.

"They'd still want me to come in and compete (in 2012)," Sokol said on December 19 after officially visiting Iowa City. "They said they would probably red shirt me, but you never know. They were big on saying that they're not into the politics stuff.

"Every year you have to earn your job no matter who you are. They don't just give you a starting job just because they recruited you earlier. They treat JUCO guys and walk-ons the same way they treat everyone else. That was good to hear."

Sokol was born in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Arizona in elementary school. Much of his family still lives in Des Moines.

Vandenberg will be a fifth-year senior in 2012 as will his back-up from this year, John Wienke. Sokol and freshman Jake Rudock round out the scholarship signal callers on the roster. Iowa could still sign another quarterback in the class.

"They showed me a lot of film of Drew Tate," Sokol said after his Iowa visit. "I kind of imagined myself in that role. I got a good idea of what my reads would be and what would be asked of me in Iowa's offense."

Sokol shares a similar skill set to that of Tate, a three-year starter with the Hawkeyes last decade. The JUCO quarterback prefers to beat the opposition with his arm but can keep plays alive with his 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).

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