Patience can serve a quarterback well on the field. Sam Straub is finding it pretty useful in recruiting as well.
"It's tough," the Ames (Iowa) High senior said. "There are schools that say they like me and then they offer and get commitments from other quarterbacks. I'm understanding that's part of the process. It's stressful but at the same time it's interesting."
Straub has done his part exposing himself this spring and summer. He attended college camps at Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Western Illinois as well as two Elite 11 and Nike Events in Chicago and San Francisco, and Michigan's Sound Mind, Sound Body camp.
"Every camp I go to I get better from and improve my game," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Straub said. "I've been getting great feedback. The coaches give me their numbers and tell me to call them. They want me to stay in touch so we can build better relationships. Most of the schools have talked to me about coming for unofficial visits."
Here's what Straub had to say about each of the colleges at which he camped:
Iowa State - They really liked me. They said they liked how strong my arm was and all of the throws that I can make. They're still up in the air with what they're going to do for a QB. If I go to the Friday Night Lights camp, I think I'll get a better idea with what's going on there.
Iowa - Coach (Greg) Davis said I was one of his favorites going into camp. He came out to my high school to watch me throw in the spring. He said a lot of the same things as Iowa State. He loved my feet and my accuracy and my arm strength.
Michigan State - They have a commitment in my class but they wanted to stay in touch with me. They want to watch me this season to see how I'm doing.
Wisconsin - It was similar there to the other camps. The new OC gave me his number and told me to give him a call soon. He was talking about me going up there for an unofficial (visit).
Western Illinois - I took an unofficial visit to campus and then camped with them in Chicago. I am one of their top guys. I love their campus and their coaching staff. We'll see what happens there. They said they're still waiting to decide what to do with their quarterback (recruiting).
Sometimes schools like to see how quarterbacks perform in the final high school seasons before offering a scholarship.
"No schools have told me that they are going to wait to see how I do as a senior," Straub said. "I'm not really sure what schools are waiting to see with me. I'm just remaining patient and working to get better. We'll see what happens."