Hawks Courting Second Ohio Quarterback?

It seems every year the Iowa Hawkeyes put more importance into the state of Ohio, and certainly big steps have been taken with the Class of 2006. While every Hawk fan knows the name of Glenville quarterback Arvell Nelson, who currently holds an Iowa offer, there is yet another quarterback from Ohio receiving strong Iowa interest. Here is the latest on St. Ignatius quarterback Rudy Kirbus.

With the amount of information available on the internet, it has become no secret that there are not many quarterbacks being recruited by Iowa beyond Arvell Nelson.

In fact, Nelson appears to be the only coveted quarterback who holds a scholarship offer at this time. Still, Iowa has set their sights on other options, including Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius) quarterback Rudy Kirbus.

"I've been receiving weekly phone calls from Coach (Ken) O'Keefe," said Kirbus. "He told me that they have some decisions to make in regards to any more quarterback offers they will be making, and that he just wants me to know they want to stay in touch. He continues to tell me they are still very interested. I even had the chance to meet Coach O'Keefe and Coach Ferentz last spring when they came by the high school."

Iowa is the lone Big Ten program to show Kirbus any interest thus far, but he has received plenty of MAC attention.

"I'm getting a lot of interest from schools like: Northern Illinois, Miami (OH), Ball State, and Ohio University. Really, I'm not sure why there aren't more Big Ten schools recruiting me, and no reason has been stated to me," stated Kirbus.

The notion that a prospect can't be good if he doesn't have offers from fellow conference members has not stopped Iowa from developing quality football players, which is something they believe they have identified in Kirbus.

"Iowa told me I have a good feel for the game, and that I'm a smart player out on the field," added Kirbus, whose teammate, Notre Dame commit WR Rob Parris, once held an Iowa offer. "They just believe I'm an overall good player with good accuracy on my throws. They also told me that I throw a nice deep ball, and that I'm more athletic than what I may appear to be. I'm not Michael Vick, but I can move around when needed."

To find out more "insider" information on what quarterbacks the Hawkeyes are recruiting and how many they will sign in the Class of 2006, as well as a breakdown of every other recruiting need, please visit the HN Clubhouse Recruiting Target Board post, LINKED HERE


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