Finally, some good news.
Joey Labas, a 6'4", 180-pound three-star quarterback out of suburban Cleveland, committed to Iowa Football's Class of 2021 Wednesday night.
I am extremely excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at IOWA UNIVERSITY I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. Truly blessed and grateful for this amazing opportunity! #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/ybYuYlLI6C— Joey Labas (@joey_labas12) June 11, 2020
We'll deal with the whole "proper name of the university" thing later, but his confusion is somewhat understandable: Labas and Iowa haven't been dating for very long. On May 11, Labas held a dozen mid-major offers, including one from just about every program in the MAC. He committed to Ball State. On May 20, Iowa was the first high-major program to offer him a scholarship. On June 3, he decommitted from Ball State, and one week later he's a Hawkeye. I'm not even certain he's been on campus yet.
There is one unmistakable Iowa comp for a 6'4", 180-pound three-star quarterback with suburban Cleveland with a modest offer sheet, and we'll drive the Ricky Stanzi 2.0 train on Joey Labas until we're proven otherwise. He even looks like Stanzi in that tape: Throwing out routes he should have no business throwing, loping through the secondary on a busted play, loving America in all its glory. It has to be what Ken O'Keefe had in mind when he targeted Labas, and given the presence (and relative youth) of Spencer Petras and Deuce Hogan on the depth chart, beta testing the new version of Slick Rick is worth the gamble.
Iowa has landed a quarterback in each of its last five classes, and there's no expectation of a second being necessary this year. For those of us waiting in the cheap seats, Labas is our guy. And for Joey Labas: Welcome to the University of Iowa. It's a great day to be a Hawkeye.