Ames High RB to be preferred walk-on

One of the most talked about prep players in the state of Iowa has committed to Iowa State.

Ames High School running back Clifford Kwaw-Mensah accumulated 2,806 yards and 36 touchdowns on 285 carries during his senior season (that’s an average of 9.8 yards per carry). On Sunday evening, he tweeted the following: "I’m proud to announce that I will be playing football at Iowa State next fall! Thanks to everyone for all the support!"

The Des Moines Register’s Tommy Birch followed up and tweeted that Kwaw-Mensah will be a preferred walk-on and not a scholarship athlete. 

Ames High finished its 2013 season with an 11-1 record. 

So how could a kid who put up those numbers in Iowa’s best league not receive more attention from colleges? lists Kwaw-Mensah at 5-foot-8, 185 pounds. That’s why.

Chris’ take

Why the heck not? It all comes back to my theory that a kid like Kwaw-Mensah, who grew up dreaming about being a Cyclone, has a better chance of surprising you than a random flyer from Florida who is just wanting to play in the Big 12. 

I have no clue if Kwaw-Mensah will ever earn a scholarship at Iowa State. No clue at all. But I am excited to see how this plays out. 

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.