The Midwest is loaded with quarterback prospects in the class of 2013, and one of the fastest rising names is Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Brogan Roback. This weekend, Roback made his way out to Iowa City for his first visit with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The 6-4, 195-pound Roback and his parents made the drive from their Toledo home on Saturday, and arrived in Iowa City a few hours before kickoff.
"We walked through the tailgating and kind of drove a little through the campus," Roback said. "We went through the weight room and all the football facilities when they took us through a short little tour beforehand."
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Roback had previously made recruiting visits to Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia this fall, and found the experience at Kinnick Stadium stacked up well with his prior trips.
"Atmosphere-wise, I think it is up there in the top two or three of the trips I have been on so far," Roback said. "Especially being a night game, everyone is a little more pumped, a little more excited. Their student section really welcomed us in. They were chanting when all of us recruits were walking in."
Heading into the trip, Roback already knew current Hawkeyes Ray Hamilton and Andrew Donnal, whom he has known since their playing days in the state of Ohio. He spent much of his time Saturday getting to know the Iowa coaching staff.
"I talked to Coach Parker a lot, actually. I talked to him beforehand on the field and afteward in the locker room. I talked to the head coach as well and just got good vibes from them. They asked how I felt about the place and want me to get my highlight film to them. We were building relationships and getting to know each other mostly."
Roback's next trip will take place this coming weekend when he heads to East Lansing to see Michigan State play host to Wisconsin.
"They are coming off that big win over Michigan, so it should be crazy," Roback said. "I believe it is their homecoming too."
In the meantime, Roback is trying to help his St. John's team cling to their playoff hopes. They dropped a game Friday night to slip to 6-2 on the season. Roback has now completed 74-of-112 passes for 1,129 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year.