When ISU commit Will Windham of Clemens High (TX) began scheduling his Ames official visit, he was hoping it wouldn't come in December.
If his team was still in the playoffs, Windham wouldn't be available until January. Head coach Paul Rhoads hoped for that result, telling Windham "That'd be the best thing for our team."
Windham and Clemens lost to Brennan, 56-0, in the state playoffs, to cap an 8-3 season, a wondrous turnaround for a Buffaloes team that went 0-10 the year before.
"Hope we can do the same kind of thing up in Iowa," Windham said Sunday afternoon in a phone call with AllCyclones.com.
The loss meant Windham was game for a Dec. 13 official visit, which he wrapped up over the weekend.
"It was nice, I liked it," he said. "The snow takes a little bit getting used to but it's better than 110 degrees in the summer. Just put a jacket on and it'll be fine.
"All the recruits were cool, good guys. A lot of different people from different areas. It was cool to meet guys from where you're from and around the country."
Windham enjoyed talking with JUCO lineman Wendell Taise, who, at 6-foot-6, 350 pounds, is a "huge" man.
"He's a good guy, I really liked him," Windham said of Taise, an Iowa State offer. "He's really respectable."
The Cyclones are banking on Windham being a steal of the 2014 class; he snuck out of prospect-rich Texas with few scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Windham projects as a strong guard in Chris Klenakis' line scheme.
Attending Iowa State's basketball game Friday night, an 85-82 win over rival Iowa, Windham was blown away by the school spirit.
"We were driving in to check into the hotel and heard there were people camping out days ahead for the game," Windham said. "It was a very exciting atmosphere, imagine that but times four or five for a football game. Everywhere you went, football players are getting high-fives and fist-bumps. Everybody supports you."
When asked what he needs to work on before getting up to Iowa State in June, Windham flips the question on its head:
"There's little I don't have to work on," he said. "What I mean by that is I have to work on a lot: strength, speed, football intelligence. I want to go there and make an immediate impact and play as soon as possible. I want to get faster, stronger, smarter and that's what I'm working on now."
A proud Texan, Windham said he wore cowboy boots, jeans and a buttoned-up shirt on his visit and received some harm for what he calls a "redneck" wallet.
He's also begun to accept Tex-Mex in the Midwest isn't quite the same as it is in San Antonio.
"I've done a lot of that in my day, it's not as big heartbreaker," Windham said with a laugh. "I'm trying to lean up a bit."