Hawks Eyeing Indiana Quarterback

To date this year, the Iowa Hawkeyes have only hosted one Junior Day, back on February 4th. It may have only been one event, but Iowa hosted some of their top early 2007 targets across the Midwest. One visitor was Columbus, IN (East) quarterback Drew Kiel (6'4 195 4.72). Scout.com's Josh Clark offers this report....

Even with two signatures in the Class of 2006, the Iowa Hawkeyes will be faced with having just three scholarship quarterbacks come the fall of 2007.

Therefore, you can bet your bottom dollar that Iowa will look to add another signature to the ever so crucial position in the Class of ‘07.

One prospect who has already caught the eye of the Hawkeye coaching staff is Drew Kiel.

"I received a letter from Coach (Eric) Johnson asking me to come out to their Junior Day earlier this month," Kiel said. "He told me they were only inviting their top 40 prospects in the Midwest so I decided to make the trip out there."

While on the visit, Kiel spent a lot of time talking with Coach Johnson.

"He told me that because they are going to recruit only so many quarterbacks they are going to want to see me throw at their one day camp. He told me he liked my mechanics, my feet, and my physical build," Kiel stated.

Beyond Coach Johnson, Kiel says the entire Hawkeye coaching staff made a strong impression.

"You can tell the coaching staff there has the program heading in the right path," added Kiel, who holds a 3.2 GPA. "They are very enthusiastic about their program, and you can tell they are going to get done what they want to get done. They are very businesslike."

Kiel has not yet received a scholarship offer, but has also attended Junior Day's at Indiana and Purdue. He is scheduled to make a visit to Vanderbilt on March 4th and is receiving strong interest from Wisconsin, Louisville, Northwestern, and Northern Illinois.

In talking to Columbus East head coach Bob Gaddis, it became apparent that Kiel will do whatever it takes to find himself a home on the Division I level.

"Drew is a classic pocket passer. He is a very competitive player and has a strong, accurate arm. He's one of the hardest workers I've ever had in my program, and he works at it daily,"


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