Many players are discovered early on in their careers. They receive exposure at a camp or play for a high school to where college scouts frequent.
Neither one is the case with McCutcheon High (Lafayette, IN) Quarterback Matt Marencik. The Class of 2013 prospect is beginning to take a proactive approach with his recruitment.
"I'm a bit of a newcomer to this and learning as I go," the 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal caller said. "I've had several coaches say that I am flying under the radar and need to get my name out there. I recently sent out information about myself to several schools and am pretty pleased with the response I've been getting back."
Hawkeyes recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson is scheduled to visit Marencik Tuesday at McCutcheon.
"I really have been impressed with Iowa's recruiting," Marencik said. "Coach Johnson has done a great job of keeping in touch through email and letters."
Marencik completed 118 of 221 passes for 1,202 yards and nine scores as a junior. He's posted a 3.94 GPA on 4.0 scale and ranks 15th in his class of 440.
Marencik plans to participate in the ESPN High School Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, Ohio on May 4 and 5. He also is one of two players at his position to be invited to take part in Elite Midwest 7 on 7 event in Michigan on May 27. He plans to camp at Purdue, Ohio State, Iowa and Notre Dame this summer.
Marencik still is awaiting his first scholarship offer. He hopes getting out in front of scouts the next several months brings about opportunities, including one with the Hawkeyes.
"We have not talked about an offer, but they did discuss with me about them wanting to see me throw live," Marencik said. "I sent them a link to my highlights, and I got positive feedback from them. Iowa seems like a really quality program, and I always look forward to contacts with them."
Here's a look at Marencik's junior film: