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Tarow Barney comments on his official visit, Darius Lee-Campbell taking his time, Josh Cunningham will wait till springtime, Rashad Vaughn visits this weekend, David Irving arrested for domestic abuse — and more

This is a weekly scatter-shooting of Iowa State program and recruiting news and is exclusive to AllCyclones subscribers.

Basketball Recruiting

***Let's begin with what may be the biggest weekend in Fred Hoiberg's time at Iowa State. Rashad Vaughn, the five-star shooting guard who's second at his position in the 2014 class, will be in Ames on an official visit.

Although Vaughn postponed earlier trips to Baylor and North Carolina, there was never any worry he'd do the same with his Iowa State visit.

Cyclone commit Clayton Custer and Jameel McKay, who announced his intent to transfer to Iowa State last week, will do their best with Vaughn. A rabid Hilton Coliseum, with Michigan in town, will be huge for Iowa State as well. This will be a recruitment that goes the distance.

***Another recruitment that will go the distance is Josh Cunningham's, which has taken a surprising twist. It was commonly thought Cunningham would be an early signee, and I reported as much in early October. But after his official visit to ISU over the weekend of Oct. 26, Cunningham, the Morgan Park (IL) forward gave no indication on his timeline.

In a text this morning, Cunningham said he was not going to sign until spring. The Morgan Park (IL) small forward, a three-star recruit, said his recruitment is still much more than a two-horse race between Bradley and Iowa State.


***It's been an awful week for David Irving. On Tuesday, I checked in with a source close to the Iowa State defensive tackle for some information on Irving's non-football injury/medical issue, which hasn't been disclosed. I was told Irving would for sure know Friday, when the tests come back, if he could play again this season.

That doesn't matter anymore. Irving was arrested Wednesday evening on the charges of domestic abuse causing bodily injury/mental illness, a "serious misdemeanor," and spent the night in the Story County jail. Irving was released this afternoon after bail was posted at $2,000.

Irving has a preliminary hearing Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.

Irving, 20, has been barred from contacting the victim, whose name is available via open record, and their minor child. The victim is the mother of Irving's child and his live-in girlfriend.

From my earlier report:

Per the arrest affidavit, a police unit was dispatched to the 1415 block, Apt. 108, of South Grande Avenue between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, for a welfare check "regarding a possible domestic assault." The victim said Irving, her boyfriend and father of her child, "held her down" during a fight and cut off a "large" portion of her hair.

The victim also said the defendant "punched her in the legs several times with a closed fist."

Irving was seen at the football facilities on Iowa State's campus at 5:30 p.m. Ames Police Department records show Irving was arrested at 8:45 p.m.

The officer on the scene, Clint Hertz, noticed several bruises on the victim's legs and a large scratch on the backside of her left leg. The officer also noted a cut on the victim's left hand, which the victim said was caused by scissors.

The defendant, per the signed affidavit, "admitted to getting in an argument with the victim, but he denied he cut her or hitting (sic) her." The victim and the defendant are the parents of a minor child and live together.

As of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, there is no word from Iowa State's football program on Irving's future.

Football Recruiting

***What's going on with Darius Lee-Campbell? Why hasn't he committed yet?

These are questions I've been getting this week. Frankly, I'm surprised the dual-threat Spring (TX) quarterback hasn't done it yet, after an official visit that went very well, per somebody close to Lee-Campbell.

Lee-Campbell told Paul Rhoads on Sunday he wanted to commit but Rhoads told him to go home and talk it over with his family. On Thursday, I checked back in with the source, who said Lee-Campbell was still taking his time to mull things over.

***NW Mississippi C.C. defensive tackle Tarow Barney said he was surprised to hear from Iowa State, which he didn't know much about. The Cyclones offered in late October. The connection is Ricky Coon, the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Ellsworth from 2009-12, and also formerly at Northwest C.C. (all but one of the coaches were fired after a 1-8 season).

Barney was one of five official visitors in Ames over the weekend. He will be at Penn State later in the month and is interested in Alabama but doesn't have a Crimson Tide offer yet.

"The visit went really good," Barney told "I liked the coaching staff, the players, the whole family atmosphere."

"I could see myself there."

***Whitefish Bay punter Colin Downing heard from Wisconsin on Friday, but the Badgers haven't offered.

Although Downing grew up rooting on Wisconsin, an offer likely wouldn't make a difference to him at this point in his recruitment.

Not only did the visit reinforce Iowa State in his mind – he raved about it — Downing also relishes the opportunity to replace Kirby Van Der Kamp and get immediate playing time. He wouldn't get action as a freshman at Wisconsin.

"I'm following Kirby — I think it's an advantage," Downing said. "People are gonna be looking and asking, Who's the next Iowa State punter, is he gonna be as good? I think it'll give me more [opportunity] than anything."

***Raymore-Peculiar tight end Scott Schaffner doesn't expect to play his freshman season.

"I believe that I'll get redshirted," he said. "I'll have to come in bigger than I've ever been, and faster. They'll only have four tight ends on the roster but if they redshirt me it'll be three."

The listed tight ends for next season are E.J. Bibbs, Alex Leslie, Quan West and Ben Boesen. That's four right there, but Boesen is used as a blocker and West is making the transition from receiver.

***Somebody who said he was the brother of Pasadena JUCO defensive end Dale Pierson emailed me some film of Pierson's senior season earlier in the week. Pierson is a ferocious pass-rusher.

Said Pierson's brother: "I just want to show Iowa State exactly what they may be getting. He will make plays at the next level. … They have a very good chance to get him."

Pierson visits Iowa State the weekend of Nov. 22.

***Dodge City JUCO athletes Terrell Clinkscales and Danzel McDaniel, a defensive tackle and a cornerback, respectively, take their official visits to Kansas State this weekend. We'll check in with Clinkscales afterward.

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