Hill becomes a Cyclone

Some recruits do it over the phone but for Cedar Falls (IA) High School's Barkley Hill his commitment to Iowa State had to be done in person.

"I was planning it all week so we set things up to also meet with academic advisers when I came up Friday morning," said Hill. "Then when I met with Coach Rhoads I told him I wanted to commit to Iowa State. They have been recruiting me since after my sophomore season and he offered me about a week after I went to their camp that summer. I just felt it was right to commit to him in person."

The 6-foot, 190-pound running who rushed for 1,795 yards and 26 touchdowns last season was very clear on why he was ending his recruitment and choosing the Cyclones.

"There was just always a level of comfortability and I just really like the people at Iowa State," he said. "It's just a great program and they really try to assist their players to be successful. I really like my decision and I'm definitely sticking with it."

So what do the Cyclone coaches like so much about their future running back?

"Coach Pope said they were looking for a bigger back and that I will fit in well," said Hill. "I'm 6-foot and over 180 pounds and since they already have a few smaller, shiftier backs they felt that I could bring something different. We don't run the spread offense but we run something that is very close so I feel I'll be able to learn the offense pretty easily."

Hill told CSR that he can't wait to play for his future head coach.

"Coach Rhoads is just a personable guy that you can talk to about things but while he's easy to get along with he'll also correct you and stay on you if you're messing up and I like that," he said. "He's going to push you to do your best and so really he finds a solid balance in how he does that."

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