Heralded In-State O-Lineman in Fold

Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney is making a habit of locking up some of the state's top offensive linemen early, and he did just that Monday morning by getting a verbal commitment from one of the gems in his recently completed padded camps.

Iowa State has secured Treynor offensive lineman Jordan Goos for the Class of 2004. The 6-foot-8, 290-pounder, one of a few in-staters to already have a scholarship offer heading into the week, performed well in a three-day padded camp June 12-14.

"I called Coach Fine and talked to him, then talked to Coach McCarney and a few other coaches," said Goos, who will switch from defensive to offensive line at the next level. "They were all really happy. Coach Mac said he was really impressed with how I did at camp. He said that some guys, when they come in there with scholarships, kind of go through it. I didn't do that and went through it and gave it my all."

Goos chose the Cyclones over Iowa, Kansas State and Kansas.

What really sold Goos on the program is the men he'll be going to battle for every day starting next August.

"Everything clicked with Iowa State and it feels like the place for me," he said. "I went up to camp and really liked their coaches, how they coached and the drills they did. Coach (Marty) Fine is a really great guy and seems to know a little bit. I felt it would be the way to go for me.

"They've got a good program, but really it's the coaches that make it happen. You've got to like the coaches in order to play for them and I really like the coaches up there."

Goos took some time to think through his decision, passing on an offer to attend Iowa's camp last week.

"I was kind of sore and pretty sure I was going to commit to Iowa State," he said. "I wanted to take a week to think about it."

Making the transition from defense to offense is something Goos feels ready for after taking in the Cyclones' padded camp.

"I practiced O-line all the time at our school, it's just our coach said I really didn't need to burn all my energy on that and just play defense," Goos said. "I went to camp and the coaches pointed out a few things. Coach Fine has some pretty high hopes for me. He thinks I'll probably redshirt my first year and then I should be pretty high on the list. It would be great if I could come in and start for a few years."

The mammoth Treynor offensive lineman is likely to open his college career at offensive tackle. He is the seventh commitment for 2004.

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