January 28, 2013

Shimonek recaps visit

Iowa quarterback commit Nic Shimonek has been to Iowa City a couple of times before, but his official visit this past weekend gave him an even more in-depth look at the campus and the future of the Hawkeyes' offense. We caught up with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Shimonek to talk about the trip, recruiting some wide receivers to join him at Iowa, what he has heard from offensive coordinator Greg Davis, and much more.

Q: Tell me about the official visit. What were some of the highlights for you?

SHIMONEK: It was a good time. Obviously I've been here before, so I kind of knew a little bit about everything, but it was good just catching up and reviewing and there was some stuff that I didn't know previously that I learned. Overall, it was a good visit.

Q: What were some of those things that you learned this time around?

SHIMONEK: Well, not even football stuff really. We took a tour of the business building and that's something I'm probably going to major in, so it was good to see that and some other things around campus.

Q: Football wise, what were some of things you went over during your time there?

SHIMONEK: I think the thing that was most beneficial to me was the player panel where the recruits and the recruits' parents got to ask five or six of the players any question we wanted. They shot everybody straight forward. All of them were really honest. That was the most beneficial to me and I think the other recruits felt the same as far as not getting anything sugarcoated because then you can really get more a feel from the people who have actually experienced it, not necessarily the coaches.

Q: Can you tell me about sitting down with Greg Davis and some of his plans with the offense?

SHIMONEK: There were a bunch of receivers here this weekend, so I asked him if that means we're going to start opening it up more and he said yes, they are going to start doing that. We talked about some no-huddle stuff and I think they're going to try to implement that a little bit more too.

As a senior, Shimonek has completed 176 of 279 pass attempts (63.1%) for 2,718 yards and 35 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. He also had 811 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns on the ground in leading Mildred to a 13-2 record and an appearance in the Class 2A Division II state championship game at Cowboys Stadium.


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