Cliff Stokes is all in for ISU

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams

It might have been the greatest official visit in Iowa State history.

Clifford Stokes, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback out of Trinity Valley C.C. in Athens, Texas, took his official visit to Ames the same weekend that the Cyclones shocked the college football world and upset then second ranked Oklahoma State in double-overtime.

"I haven’t ever been a part of anything like that," said Stokes. "The locker room and everything was awesome."

Stokes just might be Iowa State’s good luck charm?

In addition to an awesome football game in, Stokes had the opportunity to witness Paul Rhoads’ passionate locker room speech that appeared on every national sports program that mattered for the rest of the weekend.

"I won’t ever forget that," said Stokes.

Stokes, who also holds offers from Minnesota, Kansas, Baylor, Houston and Western Kentucky, didn’t have a whole lot to think about after his visit. Iowa State was the choice. No question.

"The motto of being ‘all in’ meant a lot to me," said Stokes. "The team unity, the fans at the game, the coaches. Everybody was just about business. That’s what I’m all about. Business. I want to be a part of it."

At 6-foot-1, Stokes will bring size to Iowa State’s secondary in 2012. Stokes plans on attending Iowa State during the second semester of this school year, so he’ll fully participate in winter workouts and spring football.

If things go as planned, Stokes will at the very least be heavily involved in the competition to replace Leonard Johnson at cornerback next season.

"They want me to come in and be a leader, said Stokes. "They want me to play more of a man-to-man and be a replacement for Johnson."

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.