The hangup keeping receiver Matt Quarells from transferring from New Mexico to Iowa seems to have been resolved. The Missouri native showed up in a photo gallery of Friday’s practice.
Quarells graduated from New Mexico in three years and will have two seasons to play with the Hawkeyes. He joined holdover Matt VandeBerg as the only receivers on the roster with a Division I college catch to his credit.
New Mexico coach Bob Davie talked about Quarells (6-1, 192) in a story published in the Albuquerque Journal on July 26.
“He’s a great kid, and I hate to lose him. But I think Iowa’s a good fit for him,” said Davie, whose team runs a non-receiver-friendly option offense.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has been asked about Quarells but couldn’t talk about the Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central High receiver until he was admitted into school. That appeared to have happened this week.
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Quarells caught 11 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown last season. As a redshirt freshman in ’15, he caught two balls for 23 yards.
Quarells hails from the same high school that produced former Hawkeye standout receiver Marvin McNutt. He boasts good size and speed.
Recruiting services ranked Quarells as a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He reportedly held scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Missouri, among others.
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We could get a look at Quarells Saturday during the team’s Kids’ Day practice at Kinnick Stadium. Ferentz is expected to address the media after the event.