According to Rob Howe of, the Iowa Hawkeyes have landed a verbal commitment from a Texas high school quarterback:

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The son in this instance is Nic Shimonek, a 6-4/205 quarterback from Corsicana, Texas.

As a junior, Shimonek led his team (Mildred Independent) to a 13-1 season. He threw for over 2,900 yards, completing 193 of 291 passes with 37 TD’s and three interceptions. You can see some of his highlights at this link.

Shimonek has been a bit off the radar so there isn’t a great deal of information avaialable on him. But one has to assume new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis had an impact in getting Shimonek to Iowa. That, and according to a article his mother is from Iowa.

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One thing to keep in mind is the time of year he has committed to Iowa. Even though he is a bit off the radar, Iowa has a commitment from him before the end of May. These are the players Iowa is offering based upon junior film…before they have a chance to camp in Iowa City and before their senior seasons. In other words, these are players Iowa has specifically targeted early on and now Iowa has eight verbals in the live well before the calendar has turned to June.