CSR talks with Henry Simon

One area that the Iowa State coaching staff feels they need to add more depth to is the defensive line. Last week they likely helped solve part of that problem when they added a late addition to their 2011 recruiting class by signing Grossmont (CA) College's Henry Simon.

"They had been recruiting me since last spring so I was definitely interested in Iowa State," said Simon. "I played one year at San Diego State before I went to Grossmont and Coach Elliott was my defensive coordinator so that was a big factor. I have known him since high school and we're real cool. He's definitely a guy that I trust and he's also a really good coach."

The 6-foot-3, 308-pound defensive tackle had 39 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks last year for Grossmont and he hopes to do the same thing for the Cyclones in 2012.

"Their coaching staff feels that I'm good with my hands and they like how I rush the passer and also stop the run," said Simon. "They told me that they feel that I'll have a good chance to play right away."

Simon took an official visit to Ames shortly before his commitment and came away impressed with Iowa State and his future head coach.

"They showed me around the facilities and I got to see some practices and I loved it," said Simon. "I also liked meeting Coach Rhoads. He's really family oriented and I just really liked him."Henry still has some school work to take care of at Grossmont but he told CSR that nothing should end up holding him back from going to Iowa State.

"I'm just taking care of my classes and all will be okay," he said. "I might have to take a class or two during the summer but either way I'll be graduating and then going to Iowa State."

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