Los Angeles Tailback Takes to ISU

Although he spent just one season at Washington, current Cyclone running backs coach Tony Alford built quite a few relationships in that time. One of those connections with a Los Angeles (Calif.) area tailback could eventually help Iowa State land a recruit for the Class of 2004.

Gardena Serra High School runner Ryan Kelley traveled the longest distance to get to Ames, and was one of the best players at his position this week. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder rushed for 1,768 yards and 17 touchdowns one season ago, but is trying to take his game to another level this summer.

"I'm not a big, stocky running back so I'm probably more of a scat back," said Kelley, who ran a 4.46 40 time on the opening night of camp. "I believe that I have speed, quickness, vision and a burst. I believe I'm quick, but I can be quicker and faster. I also want to get bigger. I just got through running track and lost some weight."

Kelley's production is gaining him attention from a pair of prominent programs in both the Big 12 and Pac 10 Conferences. In addition to the Cyclones, Colorado, Oregon and California are on his recruiting trail. He plays no favorites at this point, but Kelley said he'd love to eventually play at ISU for Alford.

"Iowa is a nice state. It's quiet. The campus is spread out and is nothing like California. The biggest campus out there is UCLA and it's kind of bunched up. This is really a nice area."

"This is a good school and I wouldn't mind coming here next fall," he said. "The program is up and coming. I know we can do well. Iowa State, Oregon, Colorado and California seem to be very interested in me. After this camp, I'll go home for about a day and then go to Cal-Berkely's camp. There are a lot of schools recruiting me that I like. I'd like to go out of state, and Iowa State is one of the top schools on my list."

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