Broadening Recruiting Horizons

Although it is relatively early in the recruiting process, Iowa State has already begun its scouting of seniors-to-be in some non-traditional recruiting grounds. Alabama and Colorado are a few of them. A few top players from other states already received scholarship offers from the Cyclones. Here is a sampling of a few players that Dan McCarney's staff is currently recruiting.

NEBRASKA:

Andrew Christensen, OL/DL, 6-3, 275, Bennington (Neb.) H.S.

Both ISU and Iowa have offered this prep west of the state's border. Christensen is very intelligent and has a 4.0 GPA and ACT score of 25. He ran a 4.98 40 as a sophomore, but tore his ACL midway through his junior season and is currently recovering. Christensen is expected to be back to full speed in time for summer camp.

Cortney Grixby, QB/DB, 5-11, 165, Omaha (Neb.) Central H.S.

Although he has mainly played quarterback in high school, Grixby is projected as a quick and speedy cover corner in college. He has played defense on third down and long situations. Grixby threw for over 1,200 yards last season and ran for over 800, including 14 touchdowns. ISU, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska have offered.

Brandon Gunn, RB/DB, 5-11, 190, Omaha (Neb.) Central H.S.

Tailback from same high school as current Cyclone safety JaMaine Billups, Gunn rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 13 rushing touchdowns last season as a junior. He's an excellent all-around back with good hands and blocking ability. Runs with power and has very good speed. Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa State and Kansas State have offered scholarships.

MISSOURI:

Chase Patton, Ath., 6-5, 210, Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge H.S.

Strong armed quaterback that plays for former NFL tight end AJ Ofodile, Patton has already been offered by ISU, Missouri, Kansas State, Tennessee and Iowa. Already shined at a Nike Camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., Chase will likely be ranked among the nation's elite this upcoming summer. The all-stater passed for 2,670 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior.

ALABAMA:

Max Martin, RB, 6-1, 205, Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones H.S.

One of the highest out-of-state tailbacks on ISU's list, Martin topped out at 1,069 yards on 138 carries in an injury-shortened 2002 season. He scored 12 total touchdowns on offense. Martin ranks the Cyclones near the top of his list. ISU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Vanderbilt have offered scholarship. Reportedly will take trips to summer camps at ISU and Auburn.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Terrance Highsmith, Ath., 6-2, 190, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (N.C.)

He didn't get much action as a Tar Heel and has decided to transfer. Highsmith was considered UNC's most mobile quarterback and was a standout at Highland Park (N.J.) High School. He passed for 1,007 yards on 74-of-138 completions as a senior, while clearing the 1,000-yard mark on the ground with 11 scores.

COLORADO:

Jeff Byers, OL/DL, 6-4, 270, Loveland (Colo.) H.S.

Byers is a tremendous talent with early offers from schools all over the country. He can play any of the three line positions but might be best suited to play center in college, he is strong, smart, fast and quick for a big man. He recorded 28 tackles for a loss as a junior. ISU, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC are among the programs that have offered.


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