Camp Opens With Influx of Out-of-Staters

Many of Iowa State's top targets inside the border will head to Ames Wednesday for the second padded camp session. But that doesn't mean head coach Dan McCarney and his staff didn't have their eyes on some high profile recruits from outside the state in the first group.

One of the players on that list is Grandview (Mo.) High safety Brandon Hunley, who is out to prove himself this week in hopes of garnering his first Division I offer. ISU, Missouri, Kansas State and Kansas are among the top programs scouting him.

"Number one, I am interested in Iowa State a lot," he said. "A couple of other schools in the Midwest are looking at me, too. I'm keeping my options open and see where the chips fall. I don't have any offers down on the table, but some teams are very interested in me and I'm trying to do my best."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Hunley is part of an impressive contingent of out-of-state seniors on hand, and one of six players from his Grandview squad in town.

"I'm having a lot of fun," said Hunley following Monday's session. "It's a good camp. It's basically like it was last year. I learned a lot and loved it. Every drill that we go through, the coaches break everything down and make sure everyone's going hard. And I feel like I'm having fun out here, too. Last year it was just me, but this year I brought up five of my teammates."

Three of Hunley's teammates are also garnering Division I attention this off-season. Roger Wright, a defensive back and tailback; Chris Hurd, a defensive back and wide receiver; and Jeremy Dawson, a linebacker and tailback, are the others.

Stanley Gates (defensive back and wide receiver) and Ron Harris (tight end and defensive linemen) are also in the mix. Hunley hopes to improve his stock to Cyclone coaches this week and is focusing only on one position this year instead of two.

"Last year I was at DB and running back, but this year I'm just with the DBs," he said. "It's mainly footwork I'm working on. Playing safety you have to have good footwork and keep your eyes all over the field. I'm trying to pick up a little speed, too."

Hunley, no relation to former Denver Bronco player Ricky, indicated he consistently runs between a 4.5 and 4.6 40. He finished with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and 70 tackles one year ago for Grandview, which finished 5-5 overall.

Among the other notable out-of-state players on hand for the first session, which opened Monday morning and runs through Wednesday, are League City (Texas) Clear Creek standout Jackie Rhodes, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back who has been offered by the Cyclones.

By their performances in the first two practices Monday, two more players could be offered in the near future. Rosemont (Minn.) linebacker Nick Compton, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, has a mean streak to him and was unblockable in one-on-one drills.

Elk Horn (Neb.) linebacker/tight end Clayton Sievers opened with an excellent practice Monday morning. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is getting extensive work at both positions.

On a separate note, 2003 signee Caleb Berg's younger brother, an underclassman, is attending workouts. ISU walk-on offensive lineman Johannes Egbers also has a brother in camp. Alex Egbers, a 6-foot-6, 275-pounder has an impressive frame and could potentially be offered in the recruiting process.

Stay tuned for more camp updates Tuesday, which will include a look at a Dallas area defensive back that arrived in Ames from Oklahoma State Monday night for practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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