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Hawks land QB who wants to jump to LB

[ 0 ] March 29, 2014 |

Jack Hockaday on Saturday became the fourth high school quarterback to commit to the Iowa football team’s 2015 recruiting class, but his situation is different than the other three.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hockaday, who is from Decatur, Ill., wants to play defense in college and is being recruited as a linebacker.

He announced his commitment on Twitter with the following statement:

“Officially committed to the University Iowa. Blessed to have the opportunity to play for the coaches and fans of Iowa City. #Hawkeyes.”

Hockaday is the seventh player to commit to Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, but the other six were recruited to play on offense. They are quarterbacks Jack Beneventi, Drew Cook and Ryan Boyle and offensive linemen Jake Newborg, and twins Landan and Levi Paulsen.

Hockaday also held scholarship offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana and Duke, according to Scout.com. He is the second out-of-state player to commit to Iowa’s 2015 class, joining Beneventi, who lives in suburban Chicago.

Hockaday also is the second player from the 2015 class to commit to Iowa this week, with Boyle having committed Wednesday. Boyle led West Des Moines Catholic to the Class 4A state title and to a 14-0 record as a junior this past season while accumulating more than 3,000 total yards.

Cook did the same for Regina High School in Class 1A this season while also compiling more than 3,000 total yards. The 6-5, 205-pound Cook is listed as an athlete, but he wants to start his college career at quarterback.

NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from talking about a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent. Verbal commitments aren’t binding until a recruit signs a national letter of intent. The national signing day, which is on the first Wednesday in February, is still more than 10 months away for the 2015 class.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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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