You can never have too many quality QB's and the Hawkeyes seem to be going by that theme after signing two quarterbacks this past Signing Day. While Jason Manson and Cy Phillips both seem to have great intangibles as Big Ten QB's, nothing will be given to them. Coach Ferentz and staff will always be on the lookout for players who strive to be better.
6'4 215 QB Dave Shinskie certainly fits that bill. In the conversation I had with Dave, he indicated that he would not be afraid to enter a situation where he would have to work to earn his playing time. With the QB situation unclear after Brad Banks, there is plenty of chance for someone to step in and make a presence.
"The thing I really like about Iowa is how they told it only took 20 minutes of viewing film for them to decide to offer me a scholarship," Dave said. "I found that to be real cool. Coach O'Keefe has been very nice in the letters he sends and keeps me encouraged to make a trip out to Iowa City."
Iowa is the only current offer for Shinskie. However, he is still receiving plenty of interest from others. Penn State, Virginia, Michigan, and Michigan State are some of the schools that could very easily be on the verge of making an offer.
"I went down to a basketball game at Virginia earlier this year when they upset Duke. It was a great experience. I attended a Penn State game last fall, and I attended Purdue's camp last summer. The camp was good for me as that is a type of offense I would like since I'm more of a passing quarterback."
So what type of offense does Dave run in high school?
"We run an offense more oriented towards a West Coast offense where we have a balance of passing and running it up the gut. However, next year we do not have a primary running back. I think we will be an offense much more geared towards passing."
Dave currently carries a 3.8 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT. With qualifying not being a concern and a very good academic standing, what will be Dave's main recruiting factors?
"I want to be around a coaching staff I relate to and players that I know will respect me. I like the Big Ten conference and I view myself as a QB suited for that conference. I would like to stay around that location and style of play."
Dave passed for 1850 yards this past season with 111 completions on 203 attempts. He also completed 16 touchdowns with six interceptions. His sophmore season, he lead Mount Carmel to the Class AA State Championship passing for 1458 yards.
Dave also excels on the baseball field, starring as a pitcher and catcher. He has gained the interest of some major league scouts. However, skipping college is not an option for Dave.
"No matter what sport I play in college, I want to attend college. An education is important to me and I'm in no rush to leave the most fun years of my life."
Dave is a prospect that Hawkeye fans will have to watch out for as the summer emerges. It should be no surprise to hear his name this summer as a prospect who continues to emerge as one of the best field generals. Now, Dave will look to once again capture a state championship at Mount Carmel.