May 22, 2013

Scheel is a dynamic athlete

Four-star quarterback/wide receiver Jay Scheel decided early on that he wanted to continue his football career at the University of Iowa. We caught up with his head high school football coach, Joe Hadachek, and talked to him about the Class of 2014 commitment and where he might fit in best at the college level.

Q: What type of player is Jay overall?

HADACHEK: First of all, Jay is a great athlete overall. He is able to do everything you want at quarterback; drop back, play action, and sprint out. Probably the most important thing is when there is nothing there, he makes something happen with his God given abilities.

Q: What are his main strengths at this point?

HADACHEK: His greatest ability is to make the big play. I think the other thing is how flexible he is to play more than one position. Last year, we would run wildcat and run him in motion to be a jet receiver coming across the middle. He is a shutdown defensive back we used in third and long. He is also an electric punt returner. Throw on top of that at quarterback he takes every snap, defenses need to know where he'll line up on every play.

In January, Scheel gave his verbal commitment to the Iowa coaching staff, choosing the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska. As a junior, he earned first team all-state honors at quarterback after finishing with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, accounting for 42 touchdowns in all for Union.

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