Iowa has enjoyed a lot of success taking high school quarterbacks and turning them into production players at other positions. Receivers Ed Hinkel, Clinton Solomon, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt all called signals as preps as did fullback Brett Morse. There were plenty more.
The Hawkeyes are looking to do the same with Waukon (Iowa) senior Parker Hesse. They see him as an outside linebacker at the next level.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Hesse picked up a Hawkeye scholarship offer this weekend. He reported that Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Western Illinois also had extended opportunities to him while Iowa State, Minnesota and Northern Illinois were recruiting him.
Hesse said Iowa had shown "plenty" of interest in him before offering the scholarship.
"I have been to three (Hawkeye) games," he said. "I kind of expected an offer but didn't see it coming this early."
Waukon is ranked second in Class 2A. The Indians are off to a 7-0 start and have designs on a state championship. Hesse is concentrating on that journey before looking towards his future.
"I'm just going with the flow for now," Hesse said of his recruitment. "I'm focused on winning games. After the season, my (college) decision will become the first priority."
Hesse also plays basketball and baseball and runs track at Waukon. He reports running the the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at Iowa State's camp in the summer.
Iowa likes to employ a well-rounded athlete at its LEO position. That's where the Hawkeyes see Hesse lining up, he said.
"Leadership and versatility are commonly brought up," Hesse said when asked what college coaches tell him they like about his game.
They're qualities Iowa seeks in its players.
"It's a historic place," Hesse said of the school. "It seems like a great atmosphere."