IOWA CITY, Iowa – Twin brothers Jake and Brad Papez have something else in common besides their birth date and physical appearance.
They both would cherish a scholarship offer from Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz.
The twin brothers tried to help their cause by attending Iowa’s summer camp this weekend. Neither received a scholarship offer, but they both enjoyed the experience.
“Iowa is one of my favorite schools, and perhaps my favorite school,” Jake Papez said Sunday night. “I have been there for camp, junior day and the Pittsburgh game.
“I really like (Iowa tight ends coach) LeVar Woods as a person and would love to play tight end for him and for the Hawks.”
Brad Papez covets an Iowa offer so much that he had trouble explaining what it would mean to receive one.
“I don’t even know what word I can use to describe what that would feel like,” Brad Papez said. “Right now, my goal is to play football at Iowa. The coaches say we’re close, but it’s all in God’s hands.”
Though they share the same birthday, the Papez brothers do not share the same position.
Brad is listed as a defensive end, but the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder also plays on the offensive line.
“I prefer defensive end, but I will go wherever the coaches ask me to,” Brad Papez said.
Jake, who is listed at 6-4 and 221 pounds, plays mostly receiver, but Iowa likes him as a tight end.
The Papez twins are not a package deal when it comes to picking a college. It mostly would be coincidence if they picked the same school.
Recruiting is a very fluid process and circumstances often change quickly.
“We are going our own way and if we end up at the same school, then we end up at the same school,” Brad Papez said.
The brothers do not report any scholarships offers at this point, but have gained interest from Kansas State, Tennessee, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Ohio State.
They plan to attend camps at Illinois, Missouri and Ohio State in June before attending a camp at Kansas State in July.