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Cyclone Roundup: Lazard assures Register he’s a solid commit

"Don’t worry." 

That’s what the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in college football’s 2014 recruiting class, Urbandale’s Allen Lazard, recently told the Des Moines Register’s Randy Peterson to tell Iowa State fans. 

Even after a recent visit to Notre Dame, Lazard is still committed to Iowa State. 

Coincidentally enough, Peterson reported that two former Iowa State assistants, Tony Alford and Bob Elliott, Hosted Lazard on his unofficially visit to South Bend. 

But that’s beside the point. Lazard is a firm commitment at this point and even though he’s taken a trip here and there, he’s done nothing to show that he isn’t. 

Elsewhere…

CBS Big 12 hoops rankings

After Iowa State signed DeAndre Kane a week and a half ago, I thought that would be enough to put the Cyclones as a safe No. 4 in the Big 12’s way too early preseason hoops rankings. That’s where Iowa State ended up in mine at least, just ahead of Kansas State and behind Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. 

CBS’ Jeff Borzello released a Big 12 offseason column on Tuesday and sure enough, the national writer has Iowa State at No. 4 as well. 

It’s also notable that he has Kansas ahead of Oklahoma State for the top spot. 

LINKS

*** Last Friday I sat down with Iowa State’s strength and conditioning coordinator Yancy McKnight. He was very open and honest with every answer that he gave. Diehard Cyclone football fans should enjoy this one. — Cyclone Fanatic 

*** The Big 12 is pretty awesome. — Cyclones.com

*** More from Randy Peterson, who has some kind of encouraging news regarding Iowa State and its recent issues with the NCAA. — Des Moines Register 

*** A phenomenal read on Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. — The Sporting News 

*** Berry Tramel writes that Iowa State has the fourth hardest non-conference schedule in the Big 12. — The Oklahoman 

Chris Williams

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.