Iowa picked up a verbal commitment from a Class of 2019 quarterback Thursday, with Alex Padilla tweeting his decision.
Padilla, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, chose the Hawkeyes over offers from Central Michigan, Colorado State, Nevada, North Texas, UNLV and a number of Ivy League and other FCS schools.
The Englewood, Colo., pro-style QB is a 3-star recruit in the 247Sports Composite and given 3 stars by both 247Sports and Rivals. He’s ranked 29th among pro-style QBs nationally by 247Sports and No. 7 overall in Colorado. Rivals does not have him ranked.
According to MaxPreps, Padilla completed 182 of 269 passes (67.7 percent) for 2,678 yards with 40 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a junior for Cherry Creek High School (9-3).
“I’d like to thank my family and friends for supporting me throughout this entire process,” Padilla wrote. “I’d like to thank Coach Logan, Coach Betti, and the rest of my coaches at Cherry Creek, as well as all of my coaches over the years. Also thank you to the staffs at Jenkins Elite, Elite Speed, and Six Zero Strength for helping develop me into the athlete and young man I am today. Thank you to the coaches who have believed in me and spent their time recruiting me. With that being said, I’m proud to announce my commitment to The University of Iowa. Could not be more excited to be a Hawkeye!”
The Hawkeyes lost two quarterbacks in the offseason as Tyler Wiegers (Eastern Michigan) and Ryan Boyle (Indiana State) transferred. Iowa returns starter Nate Stanley for his junior season, redshirt freshman Peyton Mansell and junior walk-on Ryan Schmidt and brings in freshman Spencer Petras from Greenbrae, Calif.
Iowa has 10 known commitments in the Class of 2019, including six on offense: Padilla, OT Ezra Miller (Holstein), OT Tyler Endres (Norwalk), OG Noah Fenske (New Hampton), TE Logan Lee (Orion, Ill.) and WR Desmond Hutson (Kansas City).