For the last half a year, Jay Scheel held a high-major scholarship offer. The funny thing is that he didn't know about it.
"(Iowa Assistant Reese Morgan) said about six months ago so it must have been when I went to a junior day in February," the 2014 Athlete said about a recent phone conversation. "He wanted to clarify to me that I had an offer from them. He said he offered me a long time ago. (Hawkeye Head Coach) Kirk (Ferentz) had hinted at it, but he didn't really say it. So, I wasn't completely sure about it."
Scheel, who attends Union High in LaPorte City, Iowa, plays quarterback, cornerback and returns punts there. He also has experience at receiver.
"I'll play anything, but I really like playing receiver," the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder said. "I'll play anything to get on the field, though."
Scheel, who also is receiving recruiting interest from Iowa State, Minnesota and Northern Iowa, said none of the schools have specified at which position they might utilize him. He camped with those programs and Iowa this summer.
Scheel reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He runs the 200, 400 and long jumps on the track team and plays basketball.
The Hawkeyes like Scheel's athleticism.
"They said they want to build the program around me and the other in-state recruits that they've offered already," he said. "I think I do well at making big plays out of a little thing like a broken play."
"I'm not making any decisions yet," Scheel said. "I'm going to wait for more options and possible make a decision my senior year, maybe after my senior year."
Scheel said he's likely to visit Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota for games this fall. He might be accompanied by teammate and '13 prospect Trev Hadachek.
"It really has kind of surprised me because it's kind of early," Scheel said of the recruiting attention. "I felt like maybe some schools would be calling later. I just have to keep working as hard as I did last year."