Big Ten Signing Day: Hawkeyes go out of state for QB depth

Big Ten Signing Day: Hawkeyes go out of state for QB depth
February 7, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Big Ten Signing Day

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There are few days as frantic as National Signing Day. And sometimes it can be a difficult enough task to try and keep up with news of one team, let alone 12 of them.

Well, now that all the Signing Day hubbub has died down, it’s a good time to take a look at what happened in the Big Ten. How did the teams do? Who are the big-name recruits coming to the conference next season? And how happy were the coaches with their respective hauls? We’ve broken it down, team-by-team.

Iowa Hawkeyes

(Rivals rankings: 9th Big Ten, 60th nationally)

Jake Rudock had a pretty good season in his first as the starting quarterback in Iowa City, but looking for depth at the position, Kirk Ferentz and Co. went out and signed Tyler Wiegers, a four-star quarterback from Michigan. Wiegers was rated the fourth-best player in Michigan and the 14th-best pro-style QB in the country by Rivals, a big get for the Hawkeyes. Depth at quarterback proved necessary for Iowa following a few lackluster performances in relief by C.J. Beathard last season, including in the Outback Bowl. Wiegers should provide that.

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Top recruits: In addition to Wiegers, the Hawkeyes landed another four-star recruit in Jay Scheel, an athlete from Iowa. Scheel played quarterback in high school but will reportedly be a wide receiver in Iowa City. Scheel was the Hawkeyes’ highest-rated recruit from the state, with the state’s top two prospects picking Iowa State and Alabama, respectively.

Coach speak: “We have one prospect who’s snowed in at a retreat right now, a religious retreat,” Ferentz said when asked why he was waiting on one more recruit, “so hopefully no dog sleds intercept him and convince him to go somewhere else. But I think hopefully (Thursday) that’ll be our 19th signing.”