One of the top 2018 quarterbacks in the country is St. Louis signal caller Kaleb Eleby. From Pattonville High School in Maryland Heighs, Missouri, the junior-to-be already holds an Iowa State offer and has heard from various other programs.
One of those programs that has shown strong interest in the 6-foot-1, 200 pound quarterback is Iowa. The Hawkeyes offered an in-state quarterback for the 2017 cycle but they could turn their attention to Eleby in the 2018 class.
His first trip to Iowa City was an enlightening one.
"I learned some valuable things," said Eleby. "The first thing I learned is the recruiting process is slow but rewarding and there is more to this than just playing the game. But what really stood out was the brotherhood of the team and how their bond and determination to be the best is ultimately what lead to the incredible 12-0 season this past year. The value in having stable leadership certainly keeps the team and the entire Hawkeye staff enthusiastic and dedicated."
"I'm looking forward to the next step," he added.
What will that next step be? He'll likely visit several other programs throughout the spring, continue his training, and compete in a variety of camps to improve his game. Will more offers come? Most likely. He should be well on his way to becoming a national recruit a year from now. He's hopeful that process will include Iowa.
"It would mean a lot to me," Eleby admitted about a possible offer from the Hawkeyes. "Mostly because it wil lshow that my hard work is paying off and that the coaches recognize me as a player to be able to compete on the Big Ten level."
He finished his visit with a conversation with the Hawkeye quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, Greg Davis.
"I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Kirk Ferentz but Coach Davis and I talked a little about the most important things about being a quarterback," he shared. "It was a good talk. I would have liked to talk to Coach Ferentz one-on-one."