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May 18, 2012

Mildred QB Shimonek pledges to Iowa

Junior threw for 37 TDs last fall

CORSICANA, Texas — Nic Shimonek used to pick favorite sports seasonally. But as an eighth grader, football became the one.

On Thursday, the 6-4 junior from Mildred High School in Corsicana, Texas, committed to play quarterback at the University of Iowa.

“Obviously, I am super excited,” Shimonek told the Corsicana Daily Sun.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day recruits can sign is Feb. 6.

Shimonek completed 193 of 291 passes for 2,939 yards and 37 touchdowns last season as a junior, leading Mildred to its most successful season ever. The Eagles finished with a 13-1 record and a Class 2A Division II state semifinals appearance. They finished with the school’s first 10-0 regular season record, and were ranked in the Associated Press’ final Top 10 poll.

“I’m extremely excited for him,” Mildred coach Patrick Harvell said. “What a great opportunity to play college football at a nationally-known program.

“I’m going to do everything I can to see that he takes full advantage of the opportunity, and I have no doubt he will as well.”

Shimonek threw only three interceptions, including one on a Hail Mary into the end zone on the final play of 35-28 loss to Cisco in the semifinals.

He also had an offer from Lamar.

“Since about my eighth grade year, I started getting serious about (football),” Shimonek said. “Prior to that, during basketball season I wanted to be a professional basketball player. And during baseball, I wanted to be a professional baseball player.”

He still excels in both, having been named district MVP in basketball. Last Saturday, he threw a no-hitter in the Eagles’ 3-0 playoff win over Grandview.

Shimonek said one of the reasons Iowa was high on his list was because the Hawkeyes run a pro-style offense. Also, his mother Tresa was born there, and he attended a family reunion there last summer.

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