Stanley Jumps on Board with Iowa

Iowa picked up its first verbal commitment in the 2016 recruiting class on Monday when Wisconsin Quarterback Nate Stanley pledged to the Hawkeyes.

After last week ended with an embarrassing loss at rival Minnesota, Iowa needed to get things going back in the right direction. Monday, the Hawkeyes kicked off that quest on a positive note.

Menomonie (WI) High Junior Quarterback Nate Stanley pledged to the Big Ten school. He became the first known member of its 2016 Recruiting Class.

"Probably the most important thing is that they care a lot about their academics, which is very important to me and my family," the 6-foot-4, 210-pound signal caller said. "Iowa City is very close to my relatives."

Menomonie sits in northwest Wisconsin, about 275 miles from his future college.

Stanley visited Iowa for the first time this summer and picked up an offer on that trip. He came back for two Hawkeye games this fall, including last week's 48-7 demolition of Northwestern.

"The coaches are very good people. It felt like a true family atmosphere," he said.

Stanley, who broke his hand in the season-opener, recovered in time to lead his team into the playoffs. He threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns in the final contest of the regular campaign.

Pittsburgh also offered a scholarship to Stanley, he reported. He was invited to visit this fall Michigan State but never made it to East Lansing.

The injured hand probably cost Stanley more attention from colleges this season. He didn't seem to mind after Monday's decision.

"I feel very, very good about being a Hawkeye and nothing was or is going to change my mind, so I felt like I'd commit before anyone else did," he said.

Luke Stanley, Nate's brother, red shirted this season, his first at the University of North Dakota State.

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