Nic Shimonek built a reputation for making quick decisions on the football field. On Thursday, the Texas high school quarterback zeroed in on his college target, making a verbal commitment to continue his career at Iowa hours after the Hawkeyes offered the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder from Mildred High School in Corsicana, Texas, a scholarship.
“I think two things were big for Nic. He has a lot of relatives up in Iowa and he was real, real comfortable with Greg Davis,” Mildred coach Patrick Harvell said, referring to the Hawkeyes’ new offensive coordinator who spent 13 years in the same role at Texas.
“Coach Davis is pretty well known in these parts, and when he called with the offer, Nic was ready to accept. It’s a chance for him to be part of a good program in a good conference.”
Shimonek’s mother, Tresa, graduated from Southeast Polk High School near Des Moines and Harvell said a number of family members still live in central Iowa.
“He’ll have family close by, and that was a factor, too. Things fell into place for him,” Harvell said.
Lamar was the only other school to offer Shimonek, but he was being recruited by Oklahoma State and South Carolina after leading his high school team to a 13-1 record and a spot in the Texas Class 2A Division II state semifinals last fall.
Shimonek completed 193-of-291 passes for 2,939 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He was intercepted just three times, including on a long attempt on the final play of a seven-point loss in the state semifinals against Cisco.
“We run a pro-style offense and we put the ball in the air quite a bit,” Harvell said. “Nic’s got a good, strong arm and is a good athlete.”
In addition to football, he was named a district most valuable player in basketball and pitched a postseason no-hitter last weekend in baseball.
Shimonek is the eighth player to make a verbal commitment to be part of Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class, but is the first quarterback in the class.