By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football team received some much needed good news Wednesday when 2021 quarterback Joey Labas announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes via Twitter.
Labas’s commitment comes during a tumultuous time in which several former Iowa players have publicized allegations of racial injustice within the Iowa program.
I am extremely excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at IOWA UNIVERSITY⚫️🟡 I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. Truly blessed and grateful for this amazing opportunity! #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/ybYuYlLI6C
— Joe Labas (@joey_labas12) June 11, 2020
Labas, a native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, received a scholarship offer from Iowa in late May while he was still verbally committed to Ball State, but announced his de-commitment Ball State on June 3.
Labas visited Iowa City recently but could not meet with anyone on the Iowa coaching staff due to the extended recruiting dead period imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Labas is the first, and likely only, quarterback to commit to Iowa’s 2021 class, which now stands at 16 commitments roughly eight months from national signing day.