His success as the offensive coordinator at the University of Texas helped Greg Davis make a connection with new Iowa quarterback recruit and Texas native Nic Shimonek.
But it was Davis’ approach to recruiting that sealed the deal.
“He was really good, he shot me straight just like I wanted him to,” said Shimonek, who is nearing the end of his junior year at Mildred High School in Corsicana, Texas. “He was completely honest with me and really upfront with me.
“A lot of those guys, they like to just feed you what you want to hear. He was just a real honest and upfront guy with me and that goes a long way with me.”
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Shimonek made a verbal commitment to Iowa Thursday morning. The multi-sport star said he started hearing from Iowa on a regular basis in February, which is the same month Davis was hired to replace Ken O’Keefe as the Iowa offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Davis, who is a native of Groves, Texas, served as the offensive coordinator at Texas from 1998 to 2010. He helped the Longhorns win the national title in 2005 behind star quarterback Vince Young.
Colt McCoy was another quarterback that thrived under Davis at Texas.
“I know about all the success he’s had in years past with McCoy and Young,” Shimonek said. “So, yeah, that definitely helped.”
It also helped Iowa that Shimonek has relatives that live in central Iowa and in Sioux City.
Nic’s mother, Tresa (Warren) Shimonek, grew up in the Southeast Polk school district before moving away after the seventh grade. Tresa Shimonek still has relatives that live in central Iowa and it’s comforting to know that her son will have family support nearby in college.
“It’s just so weird how this has come full circle,” Tresa Shimonek said. “It’s good because he has plenty of aunts and uncles that will watch out for him.”
Nic Shimonek said he expects to rely on his family for support, especially early in college.
“My freshman year, obviously, is going to be hard,” Nic Shimonek said. “But I’ve got family down there. I can just give them a call.”
Nic’s father, Kenny Shimonek, was thrilled that his son picked a school that’s near so many family members.
“I’m more than pretty excited,” Kenny Shimonek said. “My wife’s family is from (Des Moines) and I’m from Nebraska and I’ve got family in Sioux City, Iowa.
“We’re as excited as we can be.”
Nic Shimonek is believed to be at least the eighth high school junior to pick Iowa and the first quarterback in the 2013 class.
He also had been hearing from South Carolina and Oklahoma State and a few other BCS schools, but Iowa came through with the first scholarship offer.
Shimonek said his decision is final no matter what schools offer him a scholarship.
“I’m 100 percent sold on Iowa,” Shimonek said. “If anybody else in the country right now offered me I would not de-commit.
“I would stick to my decision with Iowa just because I like every aspect of Iowa.”
Shimonek is the second quarterback with ties to Des Moines to pick Iowa since the end of the 2011 season. Former junior-college quarterback Cody Sokol signed with Iowa over the winter and was enrolled at the UI for the spring semester. Sokol is from Scottsdale, Ariz., but he was born in Des Moines and lived there throughout elementary school.
Shimonek is coming off a junior season in which he passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns while also throwing just three interceptions. He was named the offensive player of the year in his area as a junior last season.
“He has a big arm and he’s accurate with the ball,” said Shimonek’s high school football coach, Patrick Harvell. “He’s a pocket passer type of kid.”
Shimonek was also named the most valuable player in his district in basketball in each of the past two seasons. He averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds as a junior this past season.
In baseball, Shimonek is a star shortstop and pitcher and he just recently tossed a no-hitter. He would like to play baseball at Iowa, but isn’t sure it it’ll be possible.
“I would love to play baseball,” Shimonek said. “I don’t know what the coaches would think of that.”
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