Hockaday Sees Other Side

Jack Hockaday became familiar with Iowa State growing up as the younger brother of a Cyclone athlete. On Wednesday, rival Iowa offered him a football scholarship. He talked about that dynamic in this premium story.

The Hockaday family of Central Illinois began rooting for Iowa State more than five years ago. Rachel Hockaday joined the Cyclones volleyball team in 2008 after her all-state career at Maroa-Forsyth High.

A familiarity with the ISU-Iowa rivalry followed shortly after Rachel's arrival in Ames. The Hockadays didn't think much about it beyond that.

Things changed slightly on Wednesday. Rachel's younger brother, Jack Hockaday, picked up his first football scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes.

"I know that they're huge rivals," said Jack, a Class of 2015 prospect. "If you live in Iowa, you're either an Iowa State fan or an Iowa fan. There's nothing in between, really.

"That would be kind of funny if I ended up (at Iowa)."

The Hockadays are an athletic group. Luke Hockaday is a redshirt sophomore quarterback at Eastern Illinois.

"I'm familiar with Iowa," Jack said. "We've driven through there a lot (on the way to Ames)."

Jack Hockaday participated in a one-day camp at Iowa on Wednesday. Afterwards, he met with head coach Kirk Ferentz and toured campus.

"I really like the coaches," Jack said. "The facilities are really nice."

On his drive home, Jack received a call from Maroa-Forsyth head coach Josh Jostes.

"He said that Coach (Brian) Ferentz called him and they gave me the offer," Jack said. "I called the coaches and thanked them for the offer. I'm very happy about it."

The Hawkeyes offered Hockaday a scholarship as an outside linebacker. The 6-foot, 200-pounder played quarterback and safety in high school last season.

"They like that I can play more than one position and they like that I'm big enough to contain on the edge and can guard people downfield," Jack said of the Iowa coaches.

Hockaday estimated his 40-yard dash time at about 4.7 seconds.

Hockaday also camped with Iowa State and Northwestern this summer.

"Things went well at Iowa State," he said. "I got a chance to talk to Coach (Paul) Rhoads. I think I did well there but I haven't heard from them after the camp yet.

"Things didn't go as well at Northwestern because I had a pulled hip flexor. I wasn't running as good."

Hockaday said he's going to visit schools this fall to get a feel for the game-day environments. He plans to be diligent in the recruiting process.

"It's still really early," Hockaday said. "I'm glad that Iowa is the first school to offer me. It's really exciting. But I'm going to go slow. I hope more schools try to contact me. We'll see how it plays out."

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