Lombardi Reflects on Iowa, ISU Junior Days

West Des Moines Valley's Rocky Lombardi is one of the top sophomore recruits in the state of Iowa. The Class of 2017 quarterback spoke with HI about recent junior days at Iowa and Iowa State and what he's hearing from those schools and others.

Two years remain in Rocky Lombardi's high school career. As far as he's concerned, it's not too early to research his next stop.

The Class of 2017 quarterback from West Des Moines Valley High has attended junior days at Iowa and Iowa State this winter as a sophomore. He visited Kinnick Stadium for a Hawkeyes game in the fall.

"I think that they have some very nice new facilities. I felt like they take pride in developing their players into the best players they can be. I feel like they are good coaches and run a good program," he said.

Lombardi said he hasn't received any feedback from the Iowa staff on how it feels about him outside of being invited to junior days as a sophomore.

"I've not really spoken much with (the coaches) individually. The only talking to I've gotten is in a big group," he said.

The Hawkeyes played host to Lombardi at their Elite Junior Day in January. He attended a similar event at Iowa State earlier this month.

"It was awesome. I got to speak with Coach (Paul) Rhoads. He just told me congrats on wrestling season. He's looking forward to seeing me at the (ISU) 7-on-7 (camp)," Lombardi said.

Lombardi wrestled at 182 pounds this year. He finished seventh at the state meet in Class 3A.

On the gridiron, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Lombardi completed 122 of 211 passes for 2,097 yards and 21 touchdowns against seven interceptions for 10-2 Valley last fall. He also rushed 58 times for 222 yards and five scores.

Lombardi said he's also receiving recruiting letters from Wisconsin, Kansas State, Nebraska, North Dakota State University, South Dakota, Northern Iowa and others. He doesn't have any spring visits set up yet. He said he will be attending college team camps this summer but hasn't decided which ones.


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