LAPORTE CITY – Can Jay Scheel play quarterback at the major-college level?
“Yes, he can,” Joe Hadachek, Scheel’s coach at LaPorte City Union, said Sunday, after it was learned Scheel has given a verbal commitment to play that position for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
A junior, Scheel isn’t the type of QB Iowa usually recruits in that he is a true dual threat. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder threw for 1,593 yards and 19 touchdowns this past season and led his team with 1,291 yards rushing and 20 more TDs.
Recruiting services have him ranked as an “athlete,” someone whose college position is yet to be determined.
“Quarterback or wide receiver. (Iowa) said I could play, either,” Scheel said. “So we’ll see. I like them both.”
“He’s got a knack for making decisions,” Hadachek said. “He can make something out of nothing. When you put a guy out there who gives you more than one dimension, that’s exciting.”
Scheel actually played wide receiver for Union as a sophomore until regular quarterback Trev Hadachek, Joe’s son, suffered an injury in the middle of the 2011 season. The two flipped positions, and Union went on to win the Class 3A state championship.
Trev Hadachek, a senior, has his list of colleges down to three (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa). At Iowa and ISU he would be a preferred walk-on, though that could change as the signining deadline (Feb. 15) nears.
Scheel attended Iowa’s “Junior Day” for 11th-grade recruits on Saturday, along with Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Matt Nelson, among others. He said he chose the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Nebraska and Minnesota.
“Growing up not too far from Iowa City, I have always been a fan of Iowa,” he said. “I had a great time getting to know the coaches. The heart just felt like this is where I should go.”