Suess Excited for Walk On Opportunity

Cedar Rapids (Washington) quarterback Wyatt Suess grew up cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes. That came naturally, as his father Phil played for Iowa 30 years ago and his mother also attended the University. Suess accepted a walkon opportunity with Iowa last week and talks about that in this recruiting update...

Phil Suess was a lefty quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeye in the very early Hayden Fry years.  You might call Wyatt Suess a son of a gun, if you will; he threw 354 passes in 2008, completing 198 of them for a state of Iowa best 3,163 yards.  That was the highest yardage total in the state this year by more than 600 yards in this pass happy era, and is also a passer rating of 150.5.  Suess tossed 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions as well playing for one the best teams in the state of Iowa.

It was a fantastic year on all accounts for the 6-foot-4, 210-pound signal caller, but it didn't turn into BCS conference scholarship offers.  But nearby Iowa kept tabs on him all season long and they wanted Suess to be one of their preferred walkons, something Suess agreed to do last week.

"I just felt really comfortable with all the coaches. I have a really good connection with the players. I know some of the players: Paki (O'Meara), Rob (Bruggeman), Gavin (McGrath), Brett Morse. The location is not too close to home, but far enough that I am not in the same city. It was just a great fit for me."

That was perfect, as was his family's longtime association with black and gold

"I have always been an Iowa fan because my dad went there. My mom went there, too. I've grown up a Hawkeye fan." Suess said.

Suess was able to sit back and watch Iowa's recruiting class come together, and it included a name familiar to him; wide receiver Keenan Davis accounted for roughly 25 percent of Suess' passing yardage total this year, and was a coveted recruit by many schools in the Midwest.  Davis committed to Iowa in August of 2008, just before his senior campaign.  Suess is excited that they will remain teammates.

"Getting to go to college with Keenan and to play football with him is cool. Hopefully, I get to be on the field at the same time as him and be able to complete a few passes through the years."

Iowa didn't go into this year's recruiting class with a great need at quarterback; Rick Stanzi will have two more years of eligibility, while James Vandenburg and John Wienke were true freshmen this past year and have four years ahead of them. 

Suess knows there won't be much pressure on him as he begins his Iowa career this coming summer and fall, which means he will be able to take as much time as he needs to learn the system and stick his nose into the competition in the coming years.

"I am just really looking forward to playing with everyone and working towards commons goals," Suess said.  "Eventually, I want to be playing and I will work hard to earn the chance to start."

"But, in the end, I just want to win to be a part of winning some games for the Hawkeyes."

NOTE:  Suess has 404 yards rushing during his senior season, second on the team to Andre Dawson's 1,485.  Dawson, who will be a senior this coming fall, has a scholarship offer from Iowa. 

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