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    08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    *After hearing some of Chizik's comments on the KDSM website, it settled for me where some of these players are going to end up.

    08 Recruiting Review

    Offense

    1. Sedrick Johnson WR 6-4 180 Fr Troup, Texas (Arp)
    Undoubtedly a brilliant athlete, his hands, dedication, route running ability, and instincts (finding seams, running after the catch) are yet to be proven. Still the number one player in the class, and a wonderful addition for Cyclone quarterbacks.

    2. Adrin Haughton OL 6-4 310 Sanford, Fla. (Seminole)
    The first concern is getting him onto campus. That saidÖ
    Öas a sculpted 315 pounder, at the least he would be an object lesson and role model to certain linemen of the benefits of being fitóa huge impact in the weight room as well. Isn't he also from Chizik's high school?

    3. Bo Williams RB 6-0 207 Oakland Park, Fla. (Florida) (Northeast)
    Sure, heíís a transfer, but I reserve the right to rank him here. A good back, but most important right now seems to be his character and leadership. Whether he is a brilliant back on the field remains to be seen.

    4. Chase Harper TE 6-4 230 Austin (TX) Connally
    A question with grades, otherwise he has a great deal of ability. Could play as a stretch the field tight end as a true frosh, and a future star with added muscle for blocking.A huge asset, consider the roles of the athletic tight ends at UT, OU, A&M, and Mo last season.

    5. Jerome Tiller QB 6-3 185 San Antonio, Texas (Robert E. Lee)
    Might rank higher if I were confident of his passingability, but it appears that he will have three years to polish those skills. Excellent athlete, might help elsewhere.

    6. Lonzie Range WR 6-3 190 Carrollton, Texas (Creekview)
    Decidedly a long term grade as he rehabs from injury. Still an athlete, and Iím more than happy to have him.

    7. Jason Carlson WR 6-0 195 RSo New Hope, Minn. (NDSC) (Robbinsdale Armstrong)
    Hopefully an immediate return man, should have the skills to stretch the field as well.

    8. Darius Darks WR 6-0 180 Fr Austin, Texas (Connally)
    With SJís signing, and Range and Carlson, I might doubt whether he stays a wideout, but thatís for the future to decide. A good athlete, heíll help somewhere.

    9. Brayden Burris OL 6-7 250 Fr Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll)
    By all reports he moves well, which is the first requirement for an OL. Will need a lot of time in the weight room before heís ready to play.

    10. Kurt Hammerschmidt TE 6-5 236 Fr Chesterfield, Mo. (DeSmet)
    Between Harper and Bykowski. Hammerschmidt might be the best of both worlds.Might play as a true frosh simply out of need.

    11. Carter Bykowski TE 6-7 245 Fr Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie)
    While I think that heíll eventually be an offensive lineman, Bykowski could playTE as a true frosh, simply helping as a blocker. Thatís how thin the position is for the Cyclones.

    12. Jeremiah Schwartz RB 5-11 230 Fr Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater)
    I know that a lot of people really like him, but that 4.89 40 at a combine os a limitation. Still, could help in one back sets as a complement to A-Rob, an asset in short yardage and as a pass blocker.

    13. Ethan Tuftee OL 6-3 285 Fr Davenport, Iowa (Assumption)
    Long term made longer by rehabbing knee. Still a solid prospect.


    Defense

    1. TeríRan Benton DB 6-0 180 Arlington, Texas (Summit)
    Gene Chizik likes coaching dbís from Arlington. They have a tendency to become first round picks. Benton is a good athlete who fits a need at a thin position. Could see playing time right away.

    2. Leonard Johnson DB 5-11 180 Clearwater, Fla. (Largo)
    No doubt that heís an athlete, but the transition to corner is a challenge, so weíll see. Could also be an awesome slot receiver.

    3. Stephen Ruempolhamer DT 6-3 285 Tulsa, Okla. (Union)
    Lots of positive reviews as a sleeper prospect, but letís let him get on campus and settle in. After all, with only two years of US fooyball, heís amazingly green.

    4. Cleyon Laing DE 6-3 250 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Holy Trinity)
    Intriguing, utter sleeper. As desperate as Cyclones are for ends, one hopes that heís a major talent in disguise.

    *Had Darks been listed on defense, he would have been next. For that matter, if Tiller were a safety, he would have been number one. ]

    5. Jake McDonough DE 6-5 250 Urbandale, Iowa (Valley)
    Good size and athleticism, I wonder if heíll stay at end, or grow into a tackle.

    6. Judah Linder DB 6-0 170 Miami, Fla. (Edison)
    An interesting snag who flew under the radar, itís been a while since ISU signed a Miami high school kid. Potentially a corner, but fits the profile of some of Chizikís A-A safeties at UT.

    7. Ernest Ferguson LB 6-1 222 Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Royal Palm Beach)
    Slightly better size than heís generally listed at, with a mixed bag at linebacker he could have an impact before long.

    8. Dustin Land DB 5-11 200 Milton, Fla. (Milton)
    I might be more excited about Land if I knew a claimed 4.42 forty were even close to legitóafter all, he ran a 4.63 at combine, a vast diference. However, this team is desperate fopr safeties, so heíll help one way or another.

    9. Kevin Hamlin LB 6-3 215 Jupiter, Fla. (Dwyer)
    Hamlin is something of a mystery to me. The best thing that I can say is that he seems to have excellent size and frame for a strongside linebacker.

    10. Roosevelt Maggitt DL 6-2 215 Riviera, Fla. (Dwyer)
    Unlike his teammate, Maggitt doesnít seem to have prototypical size for the position. However, those eighteen sacks as a senior draw attentionóand heís taller than Rashawn parker.

    Specialists

    A. Zach Guyer K 6-3 180 Fr. Johnston, Iowa (Johnston)

    B. Grant Mahoney K 6-1 180 Fr. Marion, Iowa (Linn-Mar)

    With the struggles that the Cyclones have had for the better part of a decade, I hope that one of these two finally answers the question. Donít really care which one, or if itís both. Just want the problems to end.

    Itís my general impression that the offense ended up raking in much more raw talent, both quantity- and quality-wise, especially with Darks listed as a wideout. Not that Iím complainingóit isnít as if the defense were stinted. However, both lines suffered somewhat with the losses of Grant, King, Marshall, Guillory, Edwards and XXX. Itís simply too many bodies not to be missed. The same spots will be a priority a year from now.



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    What about Darks game makes you think he will switch to D?



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    What about Darks game makes you think he will switch to D?
    Not necessarily his game, but the fact that there are three other wide receivers in the class, and a shortage of safeties. He's athletic enough to go either way.



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    I thought Harper was being looked at as a rush end?



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Most people thought we were recruiting darks for the defensive side of the ball. We will have to wait and see.

    With that said, I feel as if Hamlin is going to be a steal. He looks great in his videos



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    I thought Harper was being looked at as a rush end?
    I think everything at this point is spectulation, but I would love for him to stay at TE. He has great speed



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post
    I think everything at this point is spectulation, but I would love for him to stay at TE. He has great speed
    I disagree. We desperately need a viable rush end. TE is a much easier position to recruit for.



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    I just hope everyone makes it to campus. I'm considerably worried about 3-5 potential impact players not making grades to even have a chance to play at ISU. That would hurt BIG TIME.

    If they do all make it, I am quite excited to see how they develop.



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post
    I think everything at this point is spectulation, but I would love for him to stay at TE. He has great speed
    I think that he would have a much better chance to affect a game at DE. ISU has gone a lot of 3-4 WR sets with the TE blocking or on the sideline. Not to mention, how much better would Harper be than Franklin or Hammerschmidt? I say line him up at RE and let him wreak havoc! Pelton took a similar guy at Troy and turned him into a 1st round draft pick.


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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    I thought Harper was being looked at as a rush end?
    he would be a KILLER end... i thought thats where he was going also


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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    Not necessarily his game, but the fact that there are three other wide receivers in the class, and a shortage of safeties. He's athletic enough to go either way.
    Listening to Coach Rodgers talk about Darius it sounds like he will play WR. But you never know until they get in practice.


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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    I understand we need a big time pass rusher but to me this guy looks the part of a TE way more than he looks the part of a rush end. Don't know if he can put on the additional weight. I could very easily be wrong.

    Also can somebody please tell me the last time we had an all conference tight end? We have had some good rush ends in the past but never a good tight end



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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post

    Also can somebody please tell me the last time we had an all conference tight end? We have had some good rush ends in the past but never a good tight end
    Agree with that. It would be awesome to have one TE with the caliber of what Missouri had this last year. Great TE's are huge.


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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    Was Mike Banks All-Conference? That guy was solid.




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    Re: 08 Recruiting, Offense vs. Defense

    I am just really excited about Johson and Benton. Man those two are going to be smothering.



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