Offers Handed Out as First Camp Closes

Iowa State's initial padded camp session closed Wednesday morning and a few players Cyclone Nation reported on in the past few days have received scholarship offers. At the top of that list is a pair of top defensive backs that shined in all workouts.

CN has learned Grandview (Mo.) High's Brandon Hunley and League City (Texas) Clear Creek standout Jackie Rhodes have both earned scholarship offers from ISU. Hunley and Rhodes were featured in two CN stories chronicling the Cyclones' camp sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Hunley, who's brother is a starting cornerback and senior captain for Drake University, was always around the ball and made big plays as both a pass defender and in run support.

"Number one, I am interested in Iowa State a lot," said Hunley at the conclusion of Monday's workout. "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'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."

Rhodes, who hasn't gotten much play from Texas schools this year, made a name for himself in Ames by showing his versatility as both a defensive back and wide receiver. Likewise, Rhodes showed good coverage skills on defense and soft hands while playing wide receiver.

However, he'll likely figure in at safety or cornerback at the next level.

"This is the school right here," said Rhodes in an interview with CN Tuesday. "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."

Two Midwestern preps have joined Hunley and Rhodes on the offer list, Muscatine's Nick Frere and Clayton Sievers of Elkhorn (Neb.).

Frere, who projects as a SAM linebacker, demonstrated great speed and athleticism to go along with a 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. Sievers, meanwhile, came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest surprises in the first camp. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is likely headed for tight end but also got the opportunity to play linebacker.

A few more in-state high school players did nothing to hurt their D-I cause this week. Des Moines Hoover receiver Michael Wright (6-3, 190, 4.65) Ankeny's Andy Brodel (6-2, 185, 4.5) and Grinnell's Jason Wagner (6-3, 217, 4.65) are atop that list.

Wright figures to grow into a tight end at the Division I level, which he may be forced to do since his speed doesn't compare to other receivers. Brodel projects as either a running back or wide receiver, but could be a compelling choice as a ball carrier in Ames. Like Brodel, Wagner impressed by making plays in camp and running a solid 40 early in the week. He's likely to play tight end, but also turned some heads as a defensive end.

Another player to keep an eye on is Rosemont (Minn.) linebacker Nick Compton, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder who showed the intense middle linebacker mentality this week and is quick to the ball.


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