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Cyclones sign 28 to 2010 class

Courtesy of Iowa State Athletic Communications AMES, Iowa – This Iowa State football recruiting class was truly like no other. ISU head coach Paul Rhoads and his assistant coaches had this group locked down early. The Cyclone newcomers include dual-threat quarterback Jared Barnett out of Texas, the first commitment Iowa State received in the class of 2010. Florida prep running back Shontrelle Johnson is also among the class of 28 signees who signed national letters of intent Wednesday to attend and play football at Iowa State. “When we recruit someone, we recruit the individual, the family and the high school coach,” Rhoads said. “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.” Barnett was one of the nation’s top high school signal-callers last season, throwing for 2,134 yards and 20 touchdowns while also running for 373 yards and six scores. Johnson had offers from a slew of schools after rushing for 1,993 yards and 19 touchdowns. Among the Iowans are all-state offensive lineman Jacob Gannon of Iowa City West, punter Kirby Van Der Kamp of West Des Moines Valley and all-state lineman Brandon Jensen of Ankeny, Rhoads’ alma mater. “Jacob has links to Iowa State and we think he is going to be a real fine offensive lineman for us down the line,” Rhoads said. “He is at a position where he will have a chance to develop. Kirby Van Der Kamp really impressed us at our camp last summer. His concentration is excellent as is his hang time. I’m thrilled to get Brandon Jensen from my alma mater. He is a guy that has a great motor and doesn’t take any plays off.” Three junior college players are already in classes, participating in winter workouts and preparing for spring football. Offensive lineman Jon Caspers hopes to redshirt this season. Tight end Ricky Howard is expected to provide immediate help along with defensive back Anthony Young. Spring practice begins March 23 and the spring game is set for April 17.

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