’21 QB Athan Kaliakmanis Bonds with Ken O’Keefe on Visit

August 6, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Athan Kaliakmanis looks like a quarterback that’s going to garner a lot of attention the next few years. The sophomore from Antioch (IL) Community High already holds five scholarship offers with only one season of varsity ball on his resume.

Iowa was one of the schools that got in early with the strong-armed signal caller. He camped at the school in June and picked up a scholarship offer.

Kaliakmanis (6-4, 195) came back to campus last weekend for the program’s annual recruiting tailgate. He left town feeling even better about the Hawkeyes than he did when he arrived.

“Talking X’s and O’s with (quarterback) coach (Ken) O’Keefe was what I liked best about the visit. It was a great learning experience,” Kaliakmanis told HN.

He also spoke with head coach Kirk Ferentz and recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell.

“Most of our conversations really revolved around getting to know each other better,” Kaliakmanis said. “The coaches were very hospitable and they went out of there way to make me feel welcome. I really appreciated that. They were all great. I was very impressed.”

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Kaliakmanis is hoping to get back to Iowa for a game this season. He wants to see the game-day atmosphere at Kinnick Stadium.

With three years of high school remaining, Kaliakmanis sees no need to rush through his recruitment.

“I’m just trusting the process and enjoying every minute of it. It has been a very busy offseason and very productive, both in preparation for my upcoming season and getting noticed by colleges,” he said.

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Iowa State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Central Michigan also have offered Kaliakmanis a scholarship. Nebraska, Northwestern and others have been showing him interest.

Rivals and 247 do not yet have rankings for the 2021 recruiting class. When they’re released, you can expect Kaliakmanis to be rated at least three-star.

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As a freshman, Kaliakmanis threw for over 1200 yards, completing 64 percent of his passes.

Here’s a look at his highlights:

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