West Des Moines (IA) Valley star Alex Sandvig was finally able set the next four years of his life into motion on Signing Day, thus allowing him to concentrate on enjoying the rest of his senior year in high school.
"I'm just glad to finally be a Cyclone," said Sandvig, whose older brother, Zac, is currently an Iowa State defensive back. "I wanted to be a Cyclone from the beginning. It's the coolest thing, and I'm glad (recruiting) is over."
Alex Sandvig, rated a 2-star prospect according to Scout.com, turned down early overtures from several Midwestern schools as well as Stanford when he verbally committed to ISU on June 26th, 2006.
"I was already familiar with the great campus and athletic facilities," he said. "The bonus is that I want to major in sports medicine and ISU has a great program in this field."
His recruitment was expected to be over until the Cyclones struggled mightily
on the field last fall, leading to Dan McCarney's "resignation" after the
season. However, he didn't have to wait long to hear from the new
regime. Gene Chizik made sure the prep track star knew ISU was
still holding a scholarship for him.
"Coach Chizik and his staff picked right up where Coach McCarney left off," Sandvig said.
When asked to give his impression of the new staff Alex was eager to share these comments: "Coach Chizik and his staff are awesome and professional. He means business and doesn't like to lose".
Sandvig can't wait to get to campus and get to know the new coaching staff and his future teammates better. He says he wants to play wide receiver but is more than willing to make a position change to the secondary if it will help the team.
Alex also shared some of his personal goals with CN.
"First, I want to continue to rehab and strengthen a knee that underwent
surgery for a torn ACL last year and to develope physically through weight
training," he said. "I also want to allow the coaches to get the most they
can get out of me to make me a better player and hopefully this will allow me to
reach my dream of playing at the next level in the NFL."
Now that football recruiting is finally in his rearview mirror we asked Alex what he planned to do with the rest of the time he has left in high school.
"I start track practice on February 19th and I plan to compete in the long jump, the 4x100, 4x200, and the 4x400 relays," he said.
And how about his parents? Are they excited to be sending another son to Iowa State?
"They're proud of me, but they're glad the process is