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Illinois Linebacker Picks Hawkeyes


Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class just keeps getting bigger.  Illinois QB/LB is the latest high school player to commit to the program, his name, Jack Hockaday.  Jack is listed as a QB/LB, but you will likely see the QB part chopped off once he gets to the University of Iowa.

At least, you’d think so.

With Jack Beneventi, Ryan Boyle, and Drew Cook, who are all listed at QB, committed, 4 QB’s is just too much.  Three is even a stretch and that’s why Drew Cook will likely be moved around as well considering his size.

Hockaday likely makes the switch to linebacker, but will need to tack on about 15 pounds.  He is currently listed at 6’1″ 205 pounds and, as I look around, a lot of people have him ranked as a three star recruit.  Obviously 205 isn’t going to cut it at the linebacker spot, especially in the Big Ten, so don’t be surprised if this kid gets redshirted a year.

Hockaday attends Maroa-Forsyth, a 2A school in Illinois.  While he’s not playing against top competition, he stands out when you watch film on him.  He can lineup just about anywhere on the field and he will.  He could be on the defensive line rushing the QB, sitting in the middle of the field as a LB, or hanging out in the defensive backfield.

The point here is, he’s a very athletic kid that is leaps and bounds better than his competition.

One of the coolest things I noticed about him is he seems to be very instinctive.  The game just comes to him.  Hockaday knows where he needs to be and when he needs to be there.  He’ll have an impact in the Big Ten.

He is coming off a year in which he passed for 2,126 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just 2 interceptions.  He also ran for 822 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Obviously he’ll still have his senior year to get better and hopefully bigger.

Fans should be excited about Hockaday getting to campus in about a year and a half.

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