O-Lineman Added to Commitment List

Summer camp is paying dividends for Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney and his staff, which has to be excited about adding another commitment to a list of recent additions to Iowa State's recruiting class of 2004.

The latest to give Mac a verbal is Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn offensive lineman Kody Kuehl, who was truly one of the surprises in last week's padded camp. Kuehl came in an unheralded in-state player with only Division I-AA and II attention looking to make it on a bigger stage.

After getting his first D-I scholarship offer from the Cyclones on Friday, the 6-foot-5, 293-pound Kuehl is happy to report he'll be getting that opportunity.

"I was kind of surprised," said Kuehl, who helped H-M-S to a 6-3 mark last fall. "I was waiting to get something like that and once it happened, it was a lot to take at once."

As has been the case with all of ISU's commitments in the past week, this recruit felt right at home at summer camp in Ames.

"I've been to a couple camps so far this year and this was the one I was most impressed with," Kuehl said. "Ever since football got over, (ISU's) been recruiting me pretty hard. It means a lot to me to be a part of the team now. I really like that the coaches at camp were there every day working with us, even Coach (Dan) McCarney. A lot of the other colleges didn't take the time to do that. Plus, there was some pretty good competition down there."

In addition to a scholarship offer, Kuehl took home some valuable skills that will help as a senior and set the foundation for his college career.

"I definitely improved my blocking on pass protection," he said. "They pointed out a few things I could do a little better and I worked on them. I have built a pretty good relationship with Coach (Marty) Fine. He's a nice guy. I've been talking to him and he's been writing to me. We've gotten to know each other pretty well."

Kuehl provides the Cyclones more depth on the outside.

"I'm thinking I'll probably play tackle, because I'm a little taller," he said. "I've been playing there in high school and I'm suited best for that position."

Kuehl is the fifth commitment for the Class of 2004 and latest in a recent string of verbals out of last week's camp, joining Clarinda ATH Adam Carper, Manson-Northwest Webster OL Landon Streit, Grandview (Mo.) defensive back Brandon Hunley and previous commit Travis Ferguson of Waterloo East.

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