Iowa State has picked up a commitment from one of their top targets in the 2015 recruiting cycle in Olathe (KS) North linebacker Marcel Spears this morning. It's a heck of a recruiting win for the Cyclones, beating schools like Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State for his services.
Family played a huge role for Spears in making his college choice, and he's excited to know he has their support.
"I'm so excited," he said of his decision to be a Cyclone. "My mother and father loved my decision and loved finding out about it. The Iowa State coaches were able to congratulate them as well. It was awesome to see that kind of reaction from my family. I'm so blessed and so happy."
"Iowa State always made a big impression on me from what they had to offer," Spears added. "I felt like it was a good fit for me. I felt like it was a good fit for my family. I'm a very family-oriented person. I prayed about it and really thought Iowa State was where I belonged."
The key to reeling in the verbal pledge from Spears for Iowa State was the couple times they were able to get him on campus for a visit, a growing trend in their recruiting successes in the past few years.
"Iowa State was a school I liked a lot throughout my whole recruitment," Spears admitted. "I wanted to treat every school the same so I could find the perfect fit and not miss anything. They were always in the top group, though, and never slipped. All the visits showed me that it was the school for me."
"I was able to talk to all the players there and get a good comfort and a good feeling about the school," he continued. "It was one that my family was crazy about, too. They love it at Iowa State and that was a big thing for me because I know I want their support. I loved everything about them. They recruited my family and not just me and that impressed me as well. I went to a regular junior day there and an exclusive one. Every visit I went on was amazing. They were the most impactful in my recruitment."
Pete Brown is the Iowa State assistant that deserves a lot of credit in the recruiting battle for Spears. Their bond created a strong connection between the two parties.
"Coach Brown and Coach Rhoads played the key parts in my recruitment," Spears noted. "I have a real strong relationship with Coach Brown and we've known each other for a while now. I've always been comfortable with him. Coach Rhoads always told me how I am one of their top targets regardless of position. He said they landed one of their best targets of the year today out of everyone they're recruiting."
Spears has big expectations for himself when he arrives in Ames to begin his college career.
"They want me to come in and play linebacker to the best of my ability," he mentioned about the Iowa State staff. "I feel like I can be somebody that comes in and plays right away. I expect that I need to bring my part to their squad and be a great football player. They're taking a chance on me and giving me a heck of an opportunity, so I want to reward them by being an impact player for them."
Spears is finished with visits and is a solid commitment to the Cyclones despite having other offers.
Spears Picks Iowa State
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