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Iowa wide receiver signee Henry Marchese has caught the eye of plenty of MLB scouts.

How Iowa WR signee Henry Marchese became an MLB draft prospect, Jake Adams is an All-American and more

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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Friday, June 2.

The professional Iowa Hawkeye

Henry Marchese is about to live a lifelong dream, playing football for Iowa. He may get to experience another dream this month, as well.

Marchese exploded on the baseball scene during his senior season at Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High and is a Major League Baseball draft-worthy prospect.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Marchese said. “You watch baseball on TV and you saw [former New York Yankees shortstop Derek] Jeter forever. You see all those guys and having the opportunity to possibly be in their shoes is exciting.”

A big senior year, where he hit .490 with 5 home runs, 28 RBI and 30 stolen bases, caught the eye of baseball scouts.

“He became more selective and drove the ball better this year,” Stevenson baseball coach Patrick Block said. “They like his athleticism, improved hitting and his defensive ability.”

The interest from MLB clubs surprised Block and Marchese, who spent his summer going to football camps instead of baseball showcases. Player personnel departments didn’t know who he was. Then, in front of about 25 scouts, he belted two hits off of Arizona State-bound left-handed pitcher Brendan Murphy in April.

Pro teams knew about Marchese afterward.

“I didn’t fixate on it,” Marchese said. “All I was there for was to win games and play my senior season and try to make a postseason run.”

No one has a firm handle on when Marchese will go off the board. The predictions depend on which scout Block talks to. A few say within the first five rounds. Others see him as a middle-round choice and there are some who see him as a late-round option.

“Henry wasn’t a big name entering the season so they tend to play it closer to the vest in those situations,” Block said.

There is the possibility Marchese could pick pro ball, but the odds of it happening don’t appear to be great. The fact Marchese holds a football scholarship complicates matters. Pro teams tend to hold off on drafting players they expect to play college football until later rounds, Block said.

“It’s a tough decision,” Marchese said. “I’ll weigh my options. I want to keep all doors open and see what happens.”

Marchese is communicating with the Iowa football staff about his baseball future, saying coach Kirk Ferentz supports him with whatever he does. Freshmen start arriving on campus next week with the first summer workout set for June 12, right as the draft begins.

“I will be there,” Marchese said. “I am a Hawkeye.”

He wants to play for Iowa, but he also wants to enjoy the draft process. Marchese worked out in Kansas City, Mo., for the Royals on Thursday. He is also scheduled to work out for San Diego before the draft.

Marchese is treating the final days before the draft a lot like his first encounters with scouts. He’s trying to enjoy it as much as possible, curious on how his draft prospect experience ends.

“That will be interesting to see and it will be fun going to [workouts] because you don’t usually play in a Major League stadium,” Marchese said.

The honors keep rolling in

Collegiate Baseball named Iowa first baseman Jake Adams a second-team All-American on Thursday.

Adams, the Big Ten Player of the Year, is tied for the national lead with 27 home runs. Iowa opens NCAA Tournament action against Houston on Friday (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

Bring on the Outback Bowl

The Sporting News released its latest 2017 bowl projections on Thursday and placed Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Arkansas.

It would be an interesting matchup as Iowa alum and former Hawkeyes assistant Bret Bielema coaches the Razorbacks.

On the path to the Hall of Fame?

Former Iowa OL Robert Gallery is up for inclusion in the College Football Hall of Fame. On Thursday, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame released the Class of 2018 ballot and Gallery was among the candidates.

Gallery played at Iowa from 2000-03 and was a consensus All-American and Outland Trophy winner in 2003. He earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior.

More than 12,000 NFF voters and Hall of Fame members will vote. NFF’s Honors Court will review the results before selecting the newest Hall of Famers. The members of the 2018 class will be unveiled in December.

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