247Sports composite rankings: 3-star, No. 937 nationally, No. 25 DUAL, No. 5 in IA
Why: Iowa was arguably the Big Ten West’s most disappointing team in 2014, losing to every rival it has and finishing the season as mediocre as possible (7-6 overall, 4-4 B1G). A lot of that had to do with less-than-stellar play from the quarterback position.
Original starter Jake Rudock progressed in the passing stats during 2014, but there was just something missing from this team last season. Backup C.J. Beathard didn’t inspire a lot more in the way of confidence. Neither could stay fully healthy all season long, and it appears neither is really an answer beyond this season (Rudock is a senior anyway).
That means Iowa needs to find something a bit more dynamic at quarterback and they’ve had a ton of luck finding great players everywhere else from inside the borders of Iowa…so, why not at quarterback as well. Enter Ryan Boyle from powerhouse West Des Moines Dowling Catholic high school.
He’s a dual-threat QB but he’s got the arm needed to allow him to be a potential long-term answer. Boyle isn’t likely to be in the picture next season given what is in front of him, but unless Beathard kills it between the lines in his junior season you can bet he’s going to be important down the road.
Iowa finding a quarterback from inside its own borders is a rarity, and given that plus the mess that has been QB for the last few years, Boyle is the most important of the 21 commits in the 2015 class.