It's been a year of firsts for Clear Falls (TX) High, a four-year-old high school which is sending its first football team to the playoffs (this Saturday) and its first football player to a Division I school.
Said player, offensive lineman Cole Anderson, committed to Iowa State in October and took advantage of a bye week to fly to Ames for an official visit. Anderson's father, Clayton, graduated with a Master's from Iowa State and was hired this fall as a distinguished lecturer in aerospace engineering at the University.
"I did get to visit Ames in late July with my Dad but I got to see a game at Jack Trice for the first time this weekend and the environment was crazy," Anderson said Monday night. "Obviously ISU is having a tough season but the loyalty with the fans was fantastic."
Anderson was one of three committed players Iowa State had on official visits over the weekend — Scott Schaffner and Colin Downing being the others — and the Cyclones also had Allen Lazard and Kory Kodanko in town for unofficial visits.
Anderson met Kodanko, a fellow offensive lineman, on the field before the game and made big plans with Lazard.
"Allen and I said, we can't leave ames without a couple Big 12 rings on our fingers," Anderson said. "Thats' what we're working on and are gonna build for."
Jake Campos served as Anderson's host. Campos is currently redshirting after signing as the highest-ranked member of the 2013 recruiting class.
"I really liked all the linemen I met," Anderson said. "Campos reminds me of my best friend. He's a good guy."
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman was going to wait until the season was over to make his decision but on Oct. 9 Drew Clarkson committed to Oregon State, taking the Beavers' last available scholarship spot. Knowing the Cyclones also had one lineman scholarship remaining, Anderson committed Oct. 13.