Pattonville High School quarterback Kaleb Eleby is only a sophomore but recently picked up his first scholarship offer from a Big 12 program.
“I recently just picked up my first offer from Iowa State,” Eleby told Scout.com. “I feel like recruiting is going to start speeding up a lot now than I have my first offer. I’m very excited, I’m working hard and I’m ready to see what the future holds.”
A 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, Eleby is well aware that the first scholarship offer is the toughest to get. So his recent offer from Iowa State is a big one.
“It was a blessing,” Eleby said. “It was a stress reliever, that’s what it was, because I felt like I really wanted it and I just needed to be patient. So it was a blessing and a learning experience.”
Eleby likes what he knows about the Cyclones.
“First, I like the fact that they took a chance on me,” he said. “They were the first to take a chance on me. Second, I like the program. I started a little research about Iowa State and it seems like a fun and exciting school.”
Eleby has some other schools he is interested in also.
“The schools that I’m interested in are whoever takes a chance on me,” he said. “I would like to play for Oklahoma or Mizzou or Florida, one of them schools, but honestly at the end of the day it’s about who is interested in me.”
His recruiting will certainly pick up, as several schools get a better look on him and what he’s capable of.
To that end, Eleby gave an assessment of his own game and his strengths and weaknesses.
“What I need to improve on is my speed,” Eleby said. “Being a dual-threat quarterback, not necessarily having to break a 100-yard gain but just having the defense be accountable for me. I think one of my strengths is me being a leader, leading by example, making my teammates better. I feel like that’s one of my strengths and at the end of the day that’s what being a quarterback is, leading a team to a championship, winning.”
Eleby led Pattonville to an 8-4 record this past season. He completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 2,047 yards, with 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also ran for 104 yards.
As a freshman, Eleby completed 56.9 percent of his passes for 2,239 yards, with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and scored two touchdowns as Pattonville went 7-4.
The Pattonville program will be one to watch next fall with Eleby at quarterback and Division I prospect Marquis Hayes on the offensive line. Hayes is a 6-5, 315-pounder with offers from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa State, Miami (Oh) and Illinois State.
“He’s a hard-working man,” Eleby said. “Me and him work out almost five times a week. We talk every day. We’re both just looking to try to get better and see what our future holds together.”