Quarterback is probably the best position in football to use as an example of an inexact science. Many of the nation's heralded quarterbacks will perhaps switch positions, never pan out, or be outpeformed by another quarterback who only received one or two offers. However, Iowa has done the homework necessary in helping themselves decide who to invest a majority of their time in at the quarterback position. Other names that have been presented include JaMarcus Russell, Dave Shinskie, and John Ferguson. This time it appears the Hawks also have their sights set on 6'4 230 QB Marcus Stone.
"I like the amount of interest Iowa has shown in me," Marcus stated. "I can tell their interest level is very high. I have liked Coach O'Keefe, my recruiter from Iowa, very well so far in the process."
Marcus has over 25 offers, including Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Marcus recently returned from camps at Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame, Maryland, and North Carolina State. However, none of those facts should help make an indication of Marcus's early favorites.
"I have not really thought about my favorites. I'm completely wide open at this time and leaving my options open. I just want to play out my senior season and the recruiting game. I want to get a comfort level with the schools recruiting me and then decide on my official visits after the season. I will then sit down with my parents and coach to make the best advised decision."
So what factor will be the biggest reason behind Marcus's future decision?
"I want to play early in my career. I would like the chance to come in and earn the starting spot as soon as my true or red-shirt freshman year."
With the amount of offers on the table for Marcus, it would not be hard for some to believe that Marcus will be headed to a school that holds the most national attention. However, there are other factors that Marcus deems more important to him in making his decision.
"I'm not too picky on popularity or how many national championships were won in the past. I do not care what a program did in the past, but I want to go into an upcoming situation where I will be presented the chance to win."
Marcus has already fully qualified with a 3.2 GPA and 940 on the SAT.
Now that Marcus has taken care of the academic part of his recruitment, he will have more time to fully evalute his recruiting position. He will also have more time to work on his ability at the quarterback position. HTO.com asked Marcus to give us his thoughts on his best abilities and things he needs to work on.
"I'm a quarterback who has the option of being dual-threat, but I like to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball more. There is always work to be done as I can always get better. Everyday, I work on my drops with my coach and I'm continuing to do what is necessary in learning how to read defenses better."
Marcus seems ready for the upcoming recruiting battles that will take place for his services. Certainly, with a strong presence in knowing what he wants and can accomplish, he should make a very well informed decision. Will that decision end up being a decision to try and help the Hawks surge to unprecedented levels?