Thursday, February 4, 2010
Iowa State recruiting capsule
By Tim Griffin
Here's a look at Iowa State's 2010 recruiting class.
Iowa State Cyclones
Total class: 28
ESPNU 150: 0
By position: OT 5, RB 3, S 3, OLB 3, TE 2, DE 2, CB 2, ATH 2, G 1, QB 1, WR 1, DT 1, ILB 1, K 1.
By state: Florida 8, Texas 8, California 5, Iowa 4, Oklahoma 1, South Dakota 1, Minnesota 1.
Already enrolled in school: 3.
The big ones: OLB Jeremiah George, a converted high school tailback who is expected to become a prime defensive contributor and is ranked as the nation's No. 53 outside linebacker. RB Shontrelle Johnson was a late decommitment from Northwestern before accepting the Cyclones’ offer. He’s expected to flourish as a runner and receiver in Tom Herman’s offense and is the No. 66 running back nationally.
Sleeper: WR Albert Gary, a late addition from Butler (Kan.) Community College, should boost athleticism at the position. He signed with Arkansas out of high school, failed to qualify, redshirted at junior college and sat out last season. He’ll have four years of eligibility.
Needs met: The Cyclones have added the most talented and largest recruiting class since 2002. Johnson fills a big need at running back and the Cyclones added one true receiver in Gray and two athletes in T.J. McCullough and Jevoury Wedderburn who could develop into producers.
Analysis: Coach Paul Rhoads was able to capitalize on the momentum of the Cyclones’ Insight Bowl victory by adding five late commitments after that triumph. The Cyclones attracted 28 of the 32 players who were brought in for official visits -- a huge percentage unmatched by ISU in recent seasons. It's interesting that prospects from outside the state are starting to take notice. That may be due to the diverse makeup of Rhoads' coaching staff and the program's success last season. It's a class stacked with seven three-star players and seven junior-college players who should immediately contend for playing time.
What Paul Rhoads said: “We filled needs at every position group … “When we recruit someone, we recruit the individual, the family and the high school coach. There are some individuals who treat signing day the same way they make reservations at a hotel. They act like they can cancel up to signing day with no penalty.We are comprehensive and selective about who we invite to be Cyclones and that impacts the level of commitment from our newest Iowa Staters.”
Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: C-minus, 10th in Big 12.