Iowa State press release on 2014 recruiting class

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  1. ChrisMWilliams

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    AMES, Iowa – Filling a need. It’s been a cliché term when head coaches talk about their recruiting classes on National Signing Day, but that’s exactly what Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads did today.

    Rhoads and Iowa State had 25 players sign National Letters of Intent, as the Cyclones addressed their needs by replenishing positions with future stars on the gridiron.

    ISU’s 2014 class, ranked in the top 50 nationally by Scout.com, features seven junior college players – all of whom Rhoads believes can contribute right away - and 18 prep players. It was a perfect balance, and Rhoads is happy with the recruiting efforts of his staff.

    “I am very pleased with how the whole process worked out,†Rhoads said. “Our coaching staff did a phenomenal job. In the sport of football, you have to address every position. We did that with this class and we have guys who can make an impact right away.â€

    The future of ISU football will arrive on campus from 11 states/provinces. Texas is most represented with eight. The Cyclones signed only one Iowan in their class, but he is a big one - perhaps one of the biggest recruits in school history.

    Allen Lazard, who was a three-time first-team all-state elite team member at Urbandale (Iowa) High School, shunned offers from some of the nation’s best programs to follow in the footsteps of his father, Kevin, as a Cyclone.

    Name the national honor, and chances are Lazard earned it. The four-star receiver was a first-team all-USA All-American, a top-50 national recruit by Rivals.com and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining Jake Campos as Cyclones to play in the prestigious bowl game in back-to-back seasons.

    Rhoads is thrilled to have Lazard in a Cyclone uniform next season.

    “Allen was the first commitment and first member of this class,†Rhoads said. “It marks the second year in a row the top-rated player in the state of Iowa has chosen Iowa State. This is a young man who has gotten phenomenal national attention and was recruited by the traditional historical programs in college football and kept on turning them away to stay true to his word to be an Iowa State Cyclone.â€

    ISU’s class features six defensive backs, four offensive linemen, four linebackers, three defensive linemen, three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback, a tight end and a kicker. Nine different players in the class were ranked in the top 100 nationally by Rivals.com or Scout.com in their respective positions, including a pair of running backs: Mike Warren (No. 35 by Rivals.com) and Martinez Syria (No. 85 by Scout.com).

    Three of these Cyclones enrolled in the spring semester at Iowa State and will participate in spring drills: linebacker Jordan Harris, a 5-11, 233-pound junior from Clarksdale, Miss., safety Devron Moore, a 5-11, 185-pound junior from Carthage, Mo., and defensive end Gabe Luna, a 6-1, 245-pound junior from Garden City, Kan.
     
  2. Wesley

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  3. It is pretty cool that they were able to get each of them in pictures with ISU uniforms for today's releases.
     
  4. Rods79

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    Paul zinging the media for constantly trying to sway Lazard from coming to ISU. That was good. Love his enthusiasm at his presser.
     
  5. isuforlife

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    all is good but ESPN has us ranked as the 9th best in Big 12 not so good
     
  6. erikbj

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    better than being 12th
     
  7. Bobber

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    Sorry I don't know, but did we end up signing that kid from Des Moines who had committed to Missouri a year ago and then decommitted? Believe he was a offensive lineman and wanted to be an engineer.
     
  8. TheJackWePack5

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    True. Being 12th in a 10 team conference would be pretty awful.
     
  9. isu81

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    We're last on Rivals and 247. Despite having more recruits than most in the conference. How does Kansas finish ahead of us?? These guys know they signed FOOTBALL LOI's, right?
     
  10. CYCLNST8

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    Whatevs. Kansas State finds a way to win without blue chips. We can too. The ratings system is fun for fans & sports writers, but that's about as useful as it gets. The last thing Paul is doing is chasing stars. We have a state-of-the-art facility for transforming average prospects into Big 12 players.
     
  11. Wesley

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    So no B12 team had a top ten class this year.....
     
  12. Snyder21

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    If you haven't already I encourage you guys to go to cyclones.com and go through the 2-3 minute clips of Coach Rhoads going through each player in this class and briefly describing what each of them can bring to the program.

    Free, interesting, and a good way to find out who is gonna be representing ISU the next few seasons! Optimistic times!
     
  13. Cyclonic1

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    Yes, Jake Campos redshirted this past season and is 100% Cyclone. Also, Obama was reelected to a second term.
     
  14. Bobber

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    Thanks! Do not pay real close attention to this (obviously). Figured someone would know.
     
  15. Final42b

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    Any video of the Paul presser?
     
  16. huntt26

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    Any idea why Lazard is off limits to media for freshman year? I have several guesses, but wanted to ask.
     
  17. MJ271

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    One reason is just because he's had to deal with the media so much this past year. The other reason that Rhoads didn't mention but I think could be true, is if he doesn't live up to expectations. If that would happen, pressure from the media won't help him live up to the expectations at all. Granted, there's no reason to believe he won't live up to the expectations.
     
  18. Rhoadhoused

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    I think he views it as doing Lazard a favor because he has been asked over and over the same question for 14 months and has been really hounded (rightfully so) by the media and by other teams recruiting him.

    And I think it is a slight punishment for the media because he feels they should've just believed the kid and not bothered him and for not believing he would come to ISU.
     
  19. CYCLNST8

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    Lazard: Coach, I'm tired of the media. Is there any way to get them off my back?

    Rhoads: Once you've signed, I'll take care of it.
     
  20. cmjh10

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    Signing special is on Cyclone tv right now.
     

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