After visiting the high school, yesterday, Iowa Hawkeye offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe called Mentor, Ohio (Lake Catholic) quarterback Rick Stanzi this afternoon to let him know that the Hawkeyes were offering him a scholarship.
Expect Stanzi to make his official visit to Iowa on December 9th.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN UPDATE POSTED THIS MORNING BEFORE IOWA HAD OFFERED STANZI:
Iowa Hawkeye offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe made his way by Mentor Lake Catholic High School yesterday to check out quarterback Rick Stanzi in person.
The Hawkeyes, who are looking to sign two quarterbacks in the Class of 2006, currently only have one offer out to Glenville quarterback Arvell Nelson. Stanzi appears to be a guy that will receive some serious consideration for the second offer.
"I know Iowa really wanted Rick to come out to camp this past summer, but we just weren't able to make it," said his father, Joe Stanzi. "Had we gone, they may have offered back then, but Coach Ferentz called him one week, and obviously knowing that Coach O'Keefe came by the school today tells us that they have a serious interest."
Coach O'Keefe was pretty adamant in informing the Stanzi family of the reason the Hawks were interested in Rick. It kind of goes along with "That Thing You Do".
"Coach O'Keefe said he really thought Rick had that "thing" that they look for quarterbacks as he really liked the way he carried himself and his persona, overall. When Coach O'Keefe visited here last spring, when he first saw Rick in the school's weightroom, he immediately said, "that is a Big Ten quarterback". He had no idea that Rick was as big as he is, as he now stands just about 6'5 and while he is a bit thin at 200, he has a good frame to add weight. Iowa really loved his athleticism and how well he is able to move, and just his overall arm strength," stated the elder Stanzi.
"I don't Coach O'Keefe has seen my senior film, yet, so I know that has to happen, first, and he also told me he wants to see me throw in person. I know they are very interested from everything they've told my coach and I, though," stated Rick.
Stanzi says, no matter what, the MAC Conference is attractive.
"Look at all the NFL quarterbacks they've produced the past few years," added Stanzi, who threw for nearly 2500 yards, 21 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. "I'm guessing it has been more than what the Big Ten has produced. Location is also pretty key with me as I'd like to stay close to home, but until I actually go out and see Iowa, I can't compare anything."