Nick Evers just started getting to know Iowa quarterback coach Ken O'Keefe recently. The Class of 2022 Flower Mound (TX) High signal caller thought Sunday night would be another opportunity to continue bonding when O'Keefe called.
Turned out, the conversation exceeded Evers' expectations. O'Keefe offered him a Hawkeye scholarship.
"We had a great conversation," Evers told HN. "Honestly, it was a welcome surprise that he offered because we are just growing our relationship together. But it was something I was grateful to receive."
O'Keefe usually likes seeing quarterbacks throw in person before offering scholarships. He's having to adjust with a recruiting dead period brought on by the pandemic that began last March and runs through May.
"He said that they are looking to open things up a bit in their passing game, and that I would be a great fit for the things they want to run. He seems like such a great guy and very knowledgeable about the game," Evers said.
Evers (6-4, 190) reports 21 scholarship offers. The group includes Boise State, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Louisville, Minnesota, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
A verbal commitment could be coming relatively soon.
"I’ll be getting with my parents and coaches to narrow my list down and make a decision here pretty quickly. I think it's important to get committed to a school and help recruit for my class," Evers said.
He's relying on on-line communications to choose a school.
"We are setting up times for virtual visits, so I’m looking forward to that with Iowa. I’ve been on a few of these with other schools due to Covid and dead-period restrictions by the NCAA, so it will be great to compare and contrast the different styles," Evers said.
"I’m really looking to see the environment and interact with the coaches. I’m big on relationships, so I want to make sure we are vibing with each other."
He likes how the Hawkeyes build their teams up front.
"I know they place a high degree of value on their O-Line, which as a QB that’s so appreciated for obvious reasons. If the QB is standing upright, good things tend to happen," he said.
Evers is listed by the recruiting services as a pro-style quarterback. The Hawkeyes employ that.
"They said they want to open things up a little bit more, so clearly that’s appealing. I pride myself on being able to push the ball downfield, being accurate with the football and using my feet when things breakdown," he said.
Evers is considering majoring in Architecture and Construction Science.
"My dad is in commercial real estate and I've been around it all my life. I'm also looking into places with great business programs," he said.
Rivals and 247Sports view Evers as a three-star prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 31 pro-style quarterback nationally in the '22 Class and the 110th best player overall in Texas for the cycle.
As a junior, he completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,591 yards. He accounted for 25 total touchdowns and threw just six interceptions.
Here's a look at his junior highlights: