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Iowa lands quarterback recruit for 2015 class

[ 0 ] December 5, 2013 |

The Iowa football program still doesn’t have a quarterback in its 2014 recruiting class, but has landed one for the 2015 class.

Illinois native Jack Beneventi announced Thursday night on Twitter that he has committed to Iowa. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Beneventi is a junior at Benet Academy, which is in the Chicago suburb of Lisle, Ill.

He picked Iowa over Illinois and was thought to have had a scholarship offer from Notre Dame at one point.

Beneventi is ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and as the ninth best quarterback nationally in the 2015 class.

He is thought to be the second member of the 2015 high school senior class to commit to Iowa. He joins West Lyon junior offensive lineman Jake Newborg, who committed to Iowa on Aug. 31. Newborg helped lead West Lyon to the Class A state title in November.

A verbal commitment from a member of the 2015 class won’t become official until he signs a letter of intent as a senior in February 2015.

Iowa is considered one of the leaders to sign high school senior quarterback Tyler Wiegers, who attends Country Day High School in Detroit. The 6-4, 215-pound Wiegers already has visited Iowa and is expected to visit Penn before making a decision. He was previously committed to Rutgers.

Wiegers will sign his letter of intent this coming February. Iowa currently has 17 players committed to the 2014 class, all of whom are high school seniors.

That includes Jay Scheel, who starred as a dual-threat quarterback at Union High School in La Porte City. Scheel is being recruited as an athlete and likely will play receiver at Iowa, but could get a look at quarterback.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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