Defensive Backs, Receivers Plentiful

A high point of Iowa State's first padded camp session is the competition among defensive backs. Grandview (Mo.) safety <b>Brandon Hunley</b> received much of the attention yesterday, but another athletic defensive back, this one reigning from the Lone Star State, made his mark Tuesday.

Houston area prep Jackie Rhodes, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Clear Creek High School in League City boarded a plane last weekend in hopes of getting his first Division I scholarship offer. His dominance of those players around him in padded camp could get him on ISU's offer list.

"This is everything I thought it was going to be," said Rhodes following a padded camp session Tuesday afternoon. "There are a couple of good players out here. I go against the best of the best already, so I'm used to it. I haven't gotten offered yet, but hopefully they'll be offering me by the end of camp."

Rhodes, who has also gotten some recruiting attention from Minnesota, has shown great footwork, quickness and physical play to go along with a big frame. Although it's likely he'll end up on the defensive side in college, Rhodes is also one of the top wide receivers in camp.

"It doesn't matter, as long as I get out there and play," he said.

The team he does that for could very well be the Cyclones, judging from his comments about head coach Dan McCarney and his staff.

"This is the school right here," Rhodes said. "There's a great coaching staff up here with real cool coaches. Coach (DeMontie) Cross has been recruiting me and he's a great man. I didn't really watch much of Iowa State play, but I watched Seneca Wallace do his thing when he was here."

The Clear Creek defender recorded five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, 46 tackles and 10 pass breakups as a junior, leading his team to a 9-1 record and Class 5A playoff appearance.

News and Notes

A certain wide receiver from the Des Moines area is making his mark in the first session. Hoover's Michael Wright is considered a potential D-I signee, and has played well during the first two days. In some one-on-one drills against a solid group of defensive backs, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wright got open consistently and made tough catches when being covered tightly.

One of his memorable plays Tuesday came against Hunley, as Wright used his strength and frame to make a big catch and run. More plays like this could land Wright a scholarship offer in the near future.

His future position is unsettled, however, since he's got a big enough frame to develop into a tight end. Speed could also be a factor in where he ends up. Wright has been clocked consistently between 4.6 to 4.7.

On the field for Hoover last fall, he caught 41 passes for 600 yards and four touchdowns, for 600 yards. He also returned a kickoff for 92 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to the Cyclones, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois are expressing early interest.

Grinnell two-way standout Josh Wagner is also having a great camp in front of coaches. The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder is making plays as a defensive end and tight end.

Elk Horn (Neb.) linebacker/tight end Clayton Sievers put together another solid day. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has a big frame to build on and ran a 4.68 40 time in camp.

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