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 Rivals.com and Scout.com 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.