Heralded RB Recruit Enjoys Stop in Ames

One of the top seniors-to-be in the state of Iowa spent last Saturday in Ames taking in the Spring Game. West Des Moines Valley running back Jason Scales braved the weather conditions to take in Iowa State's intra-squad scrimmage, and is happy with where the program is headed.

"It was cold and rainy, but it was an exciting atmosphere and enjoyable," said the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Scales. "The coaches were very nice and friendly. It was really exciting to be down there near the players. You don't get many chances to stand next to D-I players when they're practicing and playing.

"For the most part, I was impressed with the team. It seems like they had a pretty good spring session and they're working hard and doing well."

A Class 4A First-Team All-Stater in 2002, Scales has started for Valley since sophomore season. He has rushed for over 4,000 yards and 45 touchdowns in two seasons, including 2,600-plus yards and 32 touchdowns this past fall.

ISU has put running backs coach Tony Alford in charge of Scales' recruitment. Although college coaches are limited in their contact with players at this stage of the recruiting process, Alford will get a good evaluation with Scales at June's padded camp.

"I talk to Coach Alford and I enjoy talking to him," Scales said. "The trips up to Ames I've enjoyed and they've been pretty pleasant. I'll be going to padded camp in June. I've gone to the camp the past two years and both times it's been a lot of fun. You get a good amount of contact within the camp and there are some good players there."

The tailback currently has offers from the Cyclones, Iowa and Kansas, and is receiving interest from Nebraska, Ohio State and Stanford.

"I like both Iowa State and Iowa at this point, and there are a few others," he said. "I'm not exactly sure how they stack up right now. I haven't had the time with my parents to evaluate them at this point. I really don't know at this time. The plan is to wait a while. My parents would like me to wait until after my senior season."

Academics could play a role in Scales' recruitment as well. He has decided to major in Architectural Engineering in college, and says ISU's program appeals to him.

"I've heard that Iowa State's engineering program is one of the best in the country and I'm very excited about that," Scales said. "I've actually had a chance to meet with some of the architectural students at one point. They actually came to our school to do a presentation in one of our classes. I'm very interested in their program."

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