Eastern Iowa Athlete ISU's Third Commit

Iowa State's week of padded camps is starting to pay dividends in the days after it concluded. After getting a verbal from Grandview (Mo.) defensive back Brandon Hunley from the first camp session, the Cyclones have added a versatile athlete from the Iowa high school ranks.

Muscatine's Nick Frere, who received his scholarship offer on the final day of padded camp Saturday, announced his intentions during Sunday's 7-on-7 passing tournament. He is the third commitment for the Class of 2004, joining Hunley and Waterloo East's Travis Ferguson.

"It was pretty much everything that I saw when I was up there," said the 6-foot-3, 213-pound Frere, who will be the second Muscatine prep in as many years to sign with the Cyclones, joining 2003 signee Ben Barkema. "They're all real excited about the football program and about me coming up there. They treated me like I was family.

"I learned a lot from the coaches last week in camp and it was a lot of fun being up there with them. I enjoyed all the new stuff they had me do. There were a lot of different drills that I have never done before. They helped me out with those."

Frere garnered recruiting interest from Iowa, Vanderbilt, Illinois and Nebraska, and had been considering a trip to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes' camp this week. That is, until the Cyclones came through with his first D-I offer Sunday.

"I think if I would have gone to Iowa, I would have been pretty close," he said. "But I won't know now. I decided against going before I went up to the passing tournament Sunday in Ames. Now I can just relax and focus on getting bigger and stronger for football season and have a great year."

Where the Cyclones put Frere is now the biggest question. He ran a 4.68 40 time and seems a cinch for John Skladany's defense. However, the Muscatine prep also proved his worth as a tight end last week.

"Coach Skladany said probably linebacker, like a MIKE or WILL, but Coach Mac is thinking tight end, defensive end or just keeping me at linebacker," Frere said. "I think I'd do best at linebacker, but I'll play any position they want me to play."

Frere did not have any defensive statistics from his junior season, but indicated he had more than 1,100 rushing and receiving yards.

Academically, ISU is also a good fit for Frere.

"They have a lot of stuff I can go in to," he said. "I don't know exactly what I'm going to do. They have the three or four programs I would consider going in to."

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