National Signing Day: Jay Scheel Commits to Iowa
A life-long dream is one step closer for Union High School senior, Jay Scheel, as he put his signature on a National Letter of Intent to signify his commitment to play football at the University of Iowa. With dozens of teammates watching and the cameras of two television stations rolling, Scheel’s signature inked a deal that officially makes him a member of the one college football program he has dreamed of playing for most of his life- the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Joining him at the table adorned in red and black and Union Knight helmets were Jay’s parents, Diane and Dave Scheel, and Union Head Football Coach Joe Hadachek. Hadachek, whose oldest son Trev, a freshman at the University of Iowa, joined the Hawkeye football program as a walk-on last year, had nothing but words of praise for his former starting quarterback.
“The University of Iowa is getting a first class kid who is a great athlete,” he said.
“Some of the physical challenges he had during his senior season taught him a lot about fighting through adversity. He really stepped up and took his leadership role on the team to another level,” he added.
While Division I scholarships are not routinely offered to athletes competing at the Class 2A level in the state of Iowa, recent history validates the success Union High School has had developing student athletes to perform at the highest level. In the past 15 years, the list of Union graduates participating in Division I athletics include the likes of Trey Clark and Logan Thomsen (wrestling), Tiffany Reedy, Sara Hippen, Meg Tierney, Natalie Raub and Rachele Monroe (basketball), Whitney Blunt, Noel Komers and Kylie Powell (soccer) and Matt Pipho (football). Responding to a question about the reasons for this success, Hadachek credited the support of school officials and decision-makers who have remained committed to developing and maintaining top-notch facilities.
With the pressure of responding to recruiters now in his rearview mirror, Scheel can begin to make preparations for the next chapter of his life- his role as a student athlete at the University of Iowa. It’s a role he is well prepared to play- football player by day, university student majoring in Biology by night.