Illinois linebacker will play for Hawkeyes

2014-03-29T17:02:00Z 2014-03-31T16:53:08Z Illinois linebacker will play for HawkeyesSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

Iowa linebacker coaches LeVar Woods and Jim Reid can envision Jack Hockaday lining up at any of three linebacker positions in the Hawkeye defense.

Hockaday is intrigued by the possibilities as well, but for now he will settle for simply being a future Hawkeye.

Hockaday became the seventh player to become part of Iowa's 2015 recruiting class on Saturday, making a verbal commitment during a visit to Iowa City with this father.

The 6-foot, 205-pound junior from Maroa-Forsyth High School plays quarterback and safety for his Illinois high school, but has been heavily recruited as a linebacker at the next level.

He selected Iowa's offer over opportunities with Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana and Duke.

"It came down to being comfortable with the coaches," Hockaday said. "Coach Woods and coach Reid are both great guys and they both want me to be at their positions. When coach Woods said he wanted me outside, coach Reid jumped in and said he might want me inside. I don't have a preference. I just feel good about the atmosphere there "

Hockaday made his decision in person during a meeting Saturday with coach Kirk Ferentz.

"I've visited a couple of times now and I told him I was real comfortable with everything and that I wanted to commit today. He stood up, shook my hand and told me he was happy to have me in the Hawkeye family," Hockaday said.

"I'm happy with everything. It's a good situation and I'm looking forward to being part of the team."

Ranked as a three-star recruit on a five-star scale by and and regarded as a top-20 recruit in Illinois' 2015 senior class, Hockaday said he wanted to conclude his search before the start if his senior season.

His sister, Rachel, is a former volleyball player at Iowa State.

"I knew a little bit about the recruiting process going into it and I decided that when I was comfortable with a situation, I would make a decision so that is what I did," he said.

Hockaday is the first defensive player to commit to Iowa in its 2015 recruiting class and joins quarterback prospect Jack Beneventi of Lisle Benet as the second Illinois prep to select the Hawkeyes.

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Basketball schedule

2014-15 Hawkeyes (19-10, 10-6)

11/02/14 Northwood (Exh.) W 92-51
11/14/14 Hampton W 90-56
11/17/14 ND State W 87-56
11/20/14 Texas # L 71-57
11/21/14 Syracuse # L 66-63
11/24/14 Pepperdine W 72-61
11/26/14 N. Illinois W 70-49
11/29/14 Longwood W 77-44
12/03/14 at N. Carolina W 60-55
12/06/14 Md. Baltimore Co. W 77-47
12/09/14 Alcorn State W 67-44
12/12/14 Iowa State L 90-75
12/20/14 N. Iowa* L 56-44
12/22/14 N. Florida W 80-70
12/30/14 at Ohio State W 71-65
01/05/15 Nebraska W 70-59
01/08/15 Michigan St. L 75-61
01/13/15 at Minnesota W 77-75
01/17/15 Ohio State W 76-67
01/20/15 at Wisconsin L 82-50
01/24/15 at Purdue L 67-63
01/31/15 Wisconsin L 74-63
02/05/15 at Michigan W 72-54
02/08/15 Maryland W 71-55
02/12/15 Minnesota L 64-59
02/15/15 at Northwestern L 66-61
02/19/15 Rutgers W 81-47
02/22/15 at Nebraska W 74-46
02/25/15 Illinois W 68-60
02/28/15 at Penn State W 81-77
03/03/15 at Indiana 6 p.m.
03/07/15 Northwestern 11 a.m.
03/11/15 Big Ten Tournament TBA
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Football schedule

2014 Hawkeyes (7-6)

Date Opponent Time/result
8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28

Trophy case: Empty

Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28