Mizzou Mining Rockhurst Again in '09?

While plenty of attention has been given to Blue Springs South rising junior quarterback Blaine Dalton – and rightfully so – he's not the only coveted 2009 quartreback prospect in the state of Missouri. There's also Nathan Scheelhaase of Rockhurst High, a gifted athlete on whom MU's staff is keeping close tabs. Here's the story on Scheelhaase.

A 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who played safety and wide receiver last year, Scheelhaase will take the reigns under center from the graduated Conner Teahan, who's now at Kansas playing basketball. After an excellent summer camp tour that included stops at Mizzou, Arknasas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas State, Scheelhaase won't have to wait until his junior season is complete to become a major Big 12 recruiting target as do many players.

Arkansas and Iowa have already offered scholarships to Scheelhase, who runs a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash, has a vertical leap of 33 inches and runs a 4.22-second shuttle. This season will go a long way in determining whether he's recruiting at quarterback or somewhere else, most likely safety or wide receiver.

Still, he's not hung up on who is recruiting him at what position.

"I'm not sure at all where there recruiting me. We'll see. I'll find out at the end of the year. I just want to go somewhere I can play, where they feel they'll get the best out of me," he said. "I'm not worried about playing one position, safety or quarterback or anything."

Mizzou has not yet offered, but it would stand to reason that it's likely that will happen. Shceelhaase, meanwhile, is wide open and has plenty of good things to say about the program.

"They seem to be pretty interested," he said. "I'm definitely interested because that's my home area school. It's only two-and-a-half hours away and the facilities are really nice."

Scheelhase's father, Nathan Creer played for Iowa in the late 80's, so Scheelhase grew up watching the Hawkeyes. But when he was I eighth grade and it became apparent he might be recruited by all of the regional schools, he backed off of his Iowa fandom.

"I didn't want to favor anyone," he said. "I like anyone who likes me."

Scheelhaase will have plenty of support as he embarks upon his first year as a starting quarterback, including recent MU commit Drew Temple. The two have been working out together this summer.

"He's been looking really good. Everyone knows he had his injury last year, but he's been getting stronger and faster than ever," he said. Like most players his age, Scheelhaase is wide open at this point in terms of choosing a favorite school.

"I think the first thing I'm looking for is just some place that I can feel comfortable, which all of the colleges I have visited have filled that need. Another big thing is I want to play somewhat early; I don't want to be a guy that sits four years and plays his fifth," he said. "Academics aren't as important, because us Rockhurst guys know what it's like to work hard, day in and day out, so I [will do well academically anywhere]."

With Scheelhaase at the helm and Temple breaking off big plays, Rockhurst will be a fun team to watch this year. There's certainly a possibility the two will be teammates again in a few years as well.

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