Early impressions can mean a lot. Iowa is putting its best foot forward with Dante Reno.
It comes in the form of quarterback coach Ken O'Keefe. He's connecting with the Class of 2023 signal caller from Fiskdale (MA) Tantasqua Regional High.
"He’s a great coach but an even better person. He’s awesome to talk to and he is going to be a great coach to build a relationship with during this process," Reno told HN.
O'Keefe extended a scholarship offer to Reno on behalf of Iowa Friday. The Hawkeyes have made that move with only two other quarterbacks in the sophomore class.
"He told me about how he thinks I can excel at the next level with my arm talent and my athletic ability," Reno said.
Iowa's pro-style offense asks a lot of its quarterback, mentally and physically. Reno (6-2, 205) feels he's up for the challenge.
"I think I fit very well with the offense because of my ability to throw and my decision making," he said.
Reno looks forward to learning more about the Hawkeyes.
"I know that Iowa has great tradition and they run a very good program. They produce NFL talent and have a great culture," he said.
Reno plans on visiting Iowa once the recruiting dead period ends, which, for now, is set to happen on June 1. He's undecided on a college major.
Iowa came through with the first scholarship offer for Reno, who also received one later in the day on Friday. UMass stepped forward on Saturday.
The Massachusetts high school football season was postponed in the fall due to the pandemic and will begin this month. Reno did start as a freshman in 2019.
Here are his highlights from that season: