Jay Scheel, like many young Iowans, grew up a Hawkeye fan. But unlike many of his peers, he now has the chance to actually suit up for the Hawks.
Scheel made his verbal commitment to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz over the weekend, signing on before the start of the Hakweyes' Junior Day in Iowa City.
Scheel chose the University of Iowa over scholarship offers from Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa State. He garnered interest from the University of Oregon with a visit this month, but ultimately chose to stay at home and play for his favorite school.
With another year left to hone his game in high school, Scheel will have time to ponder what position he'd like to commit to at Iowa. Coaches have told Scheel he would be considered as a wide receiver, cornerback or quarterback.
According to most reports, Hawkeye coaches will look to convert Scheel to wide receiver to utilize his size and speed, but have not ruled out the possibility that he could challenge for the quarterback position.
Position aside, Scheel is excited to join the team at U of I, regardless of where he plays.
"My heart has just been leaning towards Iowa and ever since I've been a little kid, I've wanted to play college football and Iowa has always been the place," Scheel told HawkeyeReport.com's Blair Sanderson. "Today just felt like the day because I was going to be able to see Coach Ferentz in person and I just felt like I needed to get it over with."
Scheel finished his junior season at Union with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, earning All-State honors.