Recruiting Roundup: Kicker commits, Hill makes history

By Chris Williams, Publisher

A few quick Iowa State football recruiting updates before we begin game week coverage at

*** Iowa State likely found its replacement for kicker Grant Mahoney on Sunday, when Ankeny’s Cole Nettencommitted to the Cyclones. Netten is currently 2-for-3 on field goals this season. He’s kicked a 38-yarder and is 10-for-10 on PAT’s.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I have been an Iowa State fan," Nettens told on Monday morning. "I grew up in Ames and I have a passion for Iowa State."

The Cyclones offered Nettens a scholarship on Sunday. Without any hesitation at all, Nettens accepted Iowa State’s offer on Sunday. I’ll have more on this story later this week.

*** In a 49-3 rout of Dubuque Hempstead, Iowa State running back commitment Barkley Hill of Cedar Falls went nuts for 214 yards and six touchdowns on only 20 carries last Friday. The six touchdowns marked a school record for Hill. According to a Tommy Birch story in Sunday’s Des Moines Register, six rushing touchdowns in one game means that Hill is now tied for the fourth most in state history.

*** Luke Knott isn’t a quarterback huh? Knott went 5-for-5 for 197 yards and two touchdowns in Lee’s Summit West’s 49-13 win over Raymond-Peculiar on Friday.

*** Defensive end commit, Collin Bevins of Creston, recorded six tackles (one for a loss) in the Panthers’ 30-7 win over Chariton on Friday.

*** Linebacker commitment Kane Seeley of Perry recorded 12 tackles in Perry’s 17-7 loss to Jefferson-Scranton on Friday.

Chris Williams


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 ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, 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.