Ken O’Keefe has been traveling the country watching quarterbacks work out and getting to know them. Iowa’s coach at the position dropped in at Dayton (OH) Archbishop Alter about two weeks ago to get his eyes on Connor Bazelak.
He liked what he saw. On Sunday, the Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to the Class of 2019 signal caller.
“I’ve always been interested in Iowa. I really liked the campus and facilities when I was there last summer. It’s a great offense to play in,” Bazelak told HN.
Iowa offered four senior-to-be quarterbacks last week. In addition to Bazelak, Texas’ Jacob Clark and Maverick McIvor, and Zach Calzada from Georgia picked up Hawkeye opportunities.
O’Keefe and company likely will focus on this quartet during the next few months, hoping to secure a quarterback this summer. Iowa has only three scholarship players at the position on its current roster.
“I don’t think they have offered many other guys, so I’m guessing I am pretty high on their board,” Bazelak said with a laugh.
He said he and O’Keefe talked Sunday about getting him back on campus for a visit. It looked like sometime in June would work best.
“I’m hoping to narrow things down at the end of May to about three to four schools. I’d like to visit those schools in the beginning of June and then made a commitment about mid June,” he said.
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Kentucky offered first back in June of last year. Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Boston College, Rutgers, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Purdue, Georgia and NC State are the other Power 5s to offer.
Bazelak (6-4, 210) said he isn’t favoring any schools. He’s using this month to analyze his options.
“I’m letting this May cycle go through and then will narrow down my list,” he said.
Quarterback is a position where prospects review college depth charts.
“I will definitely look at it, but it’s not a deal breaker,” Bazelak said.
He’s planning on studying Business in college.
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Rivals and 247 both see Bazelak as a three-star prospect. Rivals ranks him as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback nationally in ’19, while 246 has him at No. 16.
Per Max Preps, he threw for 1,097 yards and 11 touchdowns against three interceptions in 11 games last fall.
Here are Bazelak’s junior highlights: