Davenport Assumption quarterback Jake Gervase dives for the pylon as he gets hit by Pleasant Valley's Griffin Geick (3) and Sam Fierce (6), Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, during first half action at Pleasant Valley. (Photo by John Schultz/Quad-City Times)

John Schultz

Davenport Assumption senior quarterback and safety Jake Gervase decided Wednesday to attend the University of Iowa and join the Hawkeyes' program as a preferred walk-on.

Gervase, the Quad-City Times' Metro Player of the Year, made his announcement in a Twitter post. He also considered walking on at Boston College, where his brother, Sam, is a student.

"My goal is to work toward a scholarship by the end of my redshirt freshman year," said Gervase, who did receive an offer from the Air Force Academy. "Obviously, every kid wants to play at the highest level. I feel not getting a scholarship, I have a chip on my shoulder and will have a little more edge than some kids that have full-rides. I'm ready to get after it."

Gervase took an official visit to the Iowa City campus last weekend.

"Hopefully, I'll have an opportunity to play early on," he said. "Nothing is guaranteed obviously, but I'm going to work hard, bust my tail and hopefully there will be an opportunity to see the field."

Gervase, a first team all-state selection, rushed for 983 yards and passed for 991 yards and 10 scores this past fall for the Knights (9-2). Defensively, he intercepted a league-high eight passes and was in on 60 tackles.


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.