Former Ball State quarterback recruit Joey Labas commits to Iowa
Iowa football has added a significant piece to its 2021 recruiting class: a quarterback.
Joey Labas, a 6-foot-4 signal-caller out of Broadview Heights, Ohio, announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes via Twitter on Wednesday. He originally committed to Ball State on May 11, but Iowa offered on May 20, and he re-opened his recruitment a couple of weeks later, on June 3.
247Sports gives Labas three stars and ranks him the No. 38 pro-style quarterback in 2021. Rivals gives him two stars.
Some of Labas' other offers included Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, UMass and Western Michigan. Iowa was his only Power Five offer.
According to stats on his 247Sports profile, Labas completed 174 of his 266 pass attempts for 2,355 yards, 23 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a junior last season for Brecksville-Broadview Heights High. He also added 69 rushes for 486 yards and nine more scores.
Labas' commitment is good news for an Iowa program that could seriously use some of that right now. Since last Friday, former black Hawkeyes have come forward with allegations of racial discrimination they say that faced while playing for Iowa. Numerous allegations centered on strength coach Chris Doyle, who was placed on paid administrative leave on Saturday.
Labas is Iowa's 16th known recruit in the 2021 class.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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