Heelen's McCabe Getting A Look from Iowa

Only half the way through high school, Zach McCabe has a lot of time to impress college scouts. One of the questions surrounding him is who will he impress more - those from football or basketball. He's received attention from coaches of both sports at Iowa and will be in town for the Hawkeyes' Elite Hoops Camp next weekend. Read what the rising recruit had to say about his future in this report.

To understand the potential of Zach McCabe, one only need to look at his itinerary for the next two weekends. The Sioux City Heelan junior-to-be will be attending the Nike Elite football camp in Utah in a few days before traveling to the Iowa Basketball Elite Camp on June 21-22.

McCabe plays quarterback and shooting guard. The Class of 2010 recruit has scholarship offers from Northern Iowa and Indiana State in basketball and his still waiting for his first football offer. It's likely just a matter of time before he receives more invitations, especially in basketball, where the Hawkeyes, Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Kansas, Creighton, and Indiana are showing interest.

With some time to decide his future, McCabe is just taking in information. He's not even sure which sport he'll go for in college.

"I really don't know," the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder said. "I'm kind of weighing my options and seeing what happens. I'm basically thinking where I fit in the best place. What place I can help win."

Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter has spoken with McCabe on several occasions and expressed interest. He's also received a general recruiting letter for football from the Hawkeyes.

McCabe has entertained the idea of playing the two sports in college, but also understands the task.

"It would be fun to try it, but I know it would be hard," he said.

McCabe said that he is being recruited as a combo forward on the court. He feels his game is versatile.

"I can drive to the hoop and score," McCabe said. "I can pass it, and I can shoot outside, too. I need to improve on my defense and trying to get quicker and stop people from penetrating. I also am working on my shooting."

McCabe's prep teammate, Brennan Cougill, has already verbally committed to Iowa and is expected to sign a national letter of intent in November.

"We're pretty close," McCabe said of his relationship with Cougill. "We talk a lot. We play pretty well together. We help each other out."

And is Cougill trying to steer his teammate to Iowa City?

"We don't really talk about that kind of stuff," McCabe said.

McCabe said his strengths as a quarterback are being able to make all the throws and reading defenses, although he admits he could use more work in this area. He'd also like to get stronger and reports a 4.9 second, 40-yard dash time.

There is some speculation that McCabe might be better suited to play tight end in college. He doesn't see it that way.

"I've heard that I can play quarterback at the next level, and that's what I'd like to do," McCabe said.

McCabe also plans on accepting a scholarship as opposed to walking on, even if the ride comes from a mid-major and he has a preferred walk-on spot on the BCS level.

"If someone gives me a scholarship and they think I can help out, that says a lot," he said.


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