For the most part, Iowa has rode a pro-style quarterback through most of Kirk Ferentz’s 18 years as head coach. Brad Banks would have been the exception, at least from a success standpoint.
Banks was a pretty good exception. He led arguably Ferentz’s most complete team in 2002, finishing second to USC’s Carson Palmer in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Ferentz and his staff have continued pursuing dual-threat signal callers. They came close on Chris Leak and others.
The Hawkeyes are in the mix for versatile quarterback in 2018. They sit well positioned with Chicago Solorio Academy’s Quincy Patterson.
“Things have been going great with Iowa. I plan on visiting in the next month,” he told HN.
Patterson (6-4, 230) stopped at Iowa last summer. Assistant Tyler Barnes has been working with him.
“He’s a really cool, down-to-earth guy. When I visited over the summer, he made me feel right at home. When he came to visit at my school, he complimented my shoes. I thought that was pretty cool,” Patterson said.
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While Iowa runs a pro-style attack, Patterson doesn’t see that as a drawback for him.
“Coach told me they fit their offense to their quarterback. I know that’s kind of impractical, but I feel with the coaching they have I’ll fit in,” he said.
Teaching is what stood out to Patterson when he stopped at Iowa last summer.
“The coaching and amount of detail they put into practice is tremendous,” he said.
Academics are important to Patterson. He’s interested in an Engineering major.
“Strong coaching and the cohesion within the team are two other big things for me,” he said.
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Patterson said Virgina Tech, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Iowa and Illinois are recruiting him the hardest right now. He is looking to pick a school in the summer.
Rivals ranks Patterson as a three-star recruit and the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback in his class. Scout and 247 also see him as a three-star with the latter tabbing him as the ninth-best dual-threat in the country.