As much as Max Shortell tries to be patient, it's real tough not to go with the flow as he waits for his first scholarship offer. The 2011 quarterback boasts strong performances at an Elite 11 camp and the Army Combine and receives great feedback from college coaches.
"I hear from a lot of schools that they're interested in me, but what does that mean?" the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder said. "I'm just trying to control what I can control, and that's getting better. But it does get frustrating when I see some kids with offers that I've thrown with or been at combines with and I know that I'm better than.
"But I'm just going to control what I can control. Everybody says if I'm patient, things will come my way. I believe that."
Shortell plays at Bishop Miege High in Shawnee Mission, Kan., just outside of Kansas City. Scout.com rates him as the 46th best signal caller in his class and a three-star recruit on its five-star scale.
Greg Powers of Scout.com watched Shortell at last month's Elite 11 in Texas and filed this report. The analysis was very positive.
"I think I did really, really well down there," Shortell said. "I hit everything that I threw. I thought I showed good accuracy and footwork."
"Recruiting was pretty slow at first," Shortell said. "Things have kicked up as of late. I like that much better."
Shortell has been working with popular quarterbacks coach, Skip Stitzell, from Columbia, Mo.
"He helps a lot of people," Shortell said. " I think it's helped me."
Shortell impressed the Hawkeye staff last summer at camp. He stayed in touch with recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson throughout the season and then attended an Iowa junior day in January.
"(Johnson) told me that if I come up to camp and show them what they want to see that I'll probably get an offer," said Shortell, who said he also hit it off with offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe during his junior day visit.
"I'm just looking for a school that really wants me," Shortell said.