JJ Kohl

2023 Ankeny (IA) High quarterback JJ Kohl (left) with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. 

JJ Kohl is two for two. After camping with Iowa State and Iowa this month, the Class of 2023 Ankeny (IA) High quarterback holds scholarship offers from both schools. 

The Cyclone opportunity came on June 2. The Hawkeyes stepped up at their event on June 8. 

Kohl talked with HN about his background and goals last month. He let us know then that he would also be camping at Alabama, Iowa State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Florida State, Penn State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas State and Kansas. 

Having two offers under his belt before leaving the state gives him momentum for the rest of his summer. He also knows he's valued before heading beyond the borders. 

"The (Iowa) offer meant a lot because it means they truly believe in me as a player. Iowa has a strong tradition of good quarterbacks," Kohl told HN. 

As a result of a recruiting dead period that spanned from March of 2020 until June 1, the camp was an opportunity to perform in person for the staff. The Hawkeyes saw someone they wanted in their prorgam. 

"I think they liked the way I moved in the agility drills and the way I was able to throw on the run. I believe they feel I’m only 16 and in a couple years I will hopefully continue to develop," Kohl said.

"I’m from Iowa and enjoy working hard in football. I think they see me fitting in with what they have already going with the Iowa program."

Kohl (6-6, 225) valued the Iowa camp for more than just receiving a scholarship offer. 

"I enjoyed competing at the end of camp and definitely getting to know the coaches better," he said.

Kohl unoffcially visited Iowa during the spring. He watched the Hawkeyes' practice at Kinnick Stadium.

Now, he wants to experience a Saturday during the season. 

"I’m sure we will come to game this fall," he said.