Custer still a solid commit

AMES — Despite today’s news about T.J. Otzelberger’s departure to Washington, Clayton Custer is still a solid verbal commitment to Iowa State’s 2014 recruiting class. 

Custer, a point guard prospect out of Overland Park, Kan., told Cyclone Fanatic on Tuesday afternoon that he is still “all in” on Iowa State.

“I was sad to hear that T.J. is leaving because I had a really good relationship with him,” said Custer. “But I committed to play for Coach (Fred) Hoiberg. That is who I am going to be playing for and that is who I am excited to be playing for. Nothing has changed. I am close with the whole coaching staff and the players so it didn’t change my decision at all.”

Custer said that Hoiberg broke the news to him via a phone conversation on Sunday night. Otzelberger called Custer on Monday evening.

“It was kind of a tough conversation but I understand what he is doing,” said Custer. “He explained what is going through his head. He told me that he wants to be a head coach and he thought that going there was his best opportunity to become a head coach the quickest possible way. I understand that he has goals and things that he wants to do with his life.”

Custer is currently Iowa State’s only commitment in its 2014 recruiting class.

Custer is playing AAU ball for Team YOBO this spring and summer. 

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.