Hess Checks Out Hawkeyes

Iowa played host to in-state prospect Joe Hess at Saturday's UNI game. The 2016 quarterback from Mount Pleasant liked what he saw and heard on the visit. He spoke with Hawkeye Insider about the stop and what's next with his recruitment.

Joe Hess is well traveled. Born in Indiana, he lives in Iowa after residing in St. Louis and Chicago.

"It's been quite the journey," the Mount Pleasant Junior Quarterback said.

Hess hopes his odyssey takes him to a Division I football program. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder could land at Iowa.

The Hawkeyes played host Hess on Saturday for their game against Northern Iowa. It was his first stop at the school.

"I enjoyed every bit of it. I've been to a lot of big college football games and none compared to the atmosphere at Kinnick (Stadium). The tradition was great. The coaches were very genuine in showing interest in you. It was just a great experience," he said.

Hess said he's also hearing from UNI, Oregon State, Western Illinois, Central Florida and a lot of D-II, D-III and NAIA schools. All the programs are recruiting him as a quarterback as he has not played defense since the third grade, he said.

"I would say I'm a pro-style (quarterback). I have the ability to be able to scramble when necessary, but I prefer to stay in the pocket," Hess said.

Hess, who moved to Mount Pleasant from St. Louis three years ago, still is awaiting his first scholarship offer. He's coming off a 9-for-22, 112-yard performance in an opening night loss at Ottumwa Friday when he also threw two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

"I haven't proved myself to that capacity (of receiving a scholarship offer) quite yet, but I am very determined to do so," Hess said.

Hess said he spoke Saturday with Iowa assistant coaches Jim Reid, Reese Morgan, Bobby Kennedy, Seth Wallace and Kelvin Bell.

"They were very grateful to see me. They said that they looked forward to talking to me in the future and seeing what's in store with my future," Hess said.

Hess said he has yet to set up more visits this fall but expects to stop at UNI, Oregon State, Akron and Iowa, again.

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