Coach Speaks Highly of Future ISU Stars

Iowa State picked up two junior college players from Kansas Independence Community College in defensive tackle Chris Weir and cornerback Allen Bell.

Weir (6-3, 265-pounds) recorded 19 unassisted tackles and 33 assisted tackles in 2006. He added 10.5 tackles for a loss of 33 yards and six sacks for another 28 yards lost. Weir also forced two fumbles. The talented lineman was named Second Team All-Conference for his defensive line play. spoke with Independence defensive coordinator Lamar James about Weir.

"Chris is going to be a big time impact player," James said. "He is explosive and strong. He is a guy that benches about 500 pounds. He just has unbelievable upside to him."

"We feel that coach (Mike) Pelton is going to be a guy that is going to help him reach his potential," James said speaking of Iowa State's defensive line coach.

Chris Weir

Weir is a great pass rusher and may play end for the Cyclones. The talented future Cyclone recorded 26 sacks in his junior and senior seasons at Miami Beach High School.

James talked of his time coaching Weir.

"He's been great," he said. "He's a guy that is always looking to learn. He's steady, trying to learn more. Once he gets in front of coach Pelton he can try to impress him. He's always, ALWAYS trying to learn more. He lives in the weight room. He comes in between classes and after all his classes are done. Days spent in the weight room working on quickness and agility."

"Coach (Shawn) Raney (secondary coach) and coach Pelton formed a relationship with him that was unbelievable," James explained. "At this point in time, when it comes to recruiting you have to be able to build a relationship. Guys have to trust you. That's something that Weir felt comfortable with, and that was the determining factor."

Cornerback Allen Bell is also a Florida product originally from Tallahassee's Rickards High School. Bell went to Independence Community College on a track scholarship, but is definitely a two-sport star. He has been clocked in a 4.38-40-yard dash and ran record times in the 60m (6.84) and 200m (21.96).

Bell recorded 25 unassisted tackles and 12 assisted tackles, and one forced fumble in 2006. Bell's cornerback duties garnered Honorable Mention on the All-Conference Team.

Bell also returned eight punts for 116 yards for a 14.5 yard average and one touchdown.

The speedy playmaker returned 16 kick-offs for 315 yards and a 19.7 yard average. He also recorded one interception for 39 yards. Those numbers along with one attempted rush for five yards gives Bell 475 all-purpose yards which makes him the fourth biggest gainer on the Independence squad behind three offensive players.

James talked about the future Cyclone.

"Allen is a guy that is probably going to be playing on Sunday in a few years," he said. "Nothing but upside. He is a 6-1.5 corner close to 190 pounds. He is very, very intelligent. He is always looking to learn. He loves to work hard. He loves to practice. He's a guy that doesn't need a million reps to learn something."

James told us what Bell added to his team in the intangible column.

"He's a funny guy," James answered. "A guy that the players will love to be around, to laugh and joke with. He's just a great locker room person. He is a great person to coach."

That kind of teammate is a gift for a coach, and James explains why, "It keeps you relaxed and keeps you excited about him because you never know what you are going to get from him. You never know if he is going to bust out dancing or try to rap, but it's all at the right time. He's a guy that the players are going to love. There will never be a negative issue with him, ever." asked Jones the same question we asked of Weir. Why Iowa State for Allen Bell?

"It was the same deal," he answered. "Those guys just felt a little more comfortable with those coaches. I know that the other schools did an unbelievable job recruiting them, but it came down to who they felt they could trust a little more I guess."

"TCU was working Chris the hardest, and Ole Miss did an unbelievable job with Allen Bell. It was a done deal, then Iowa State just came in and took both guys. I guess it's never a done deal 'til it's over."

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