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Iowa State losing ground with a high-profile recruit, Darius Lee-Campbell's weekend plans, Cyclones zero in on JUCO MLB, and more football recruiting. Also: Help with Rashad Vaughn's recruitment coming from a surprising source

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Football Recruiting

***The word of the month with Darius Lee-Campbell is "patience." The Spring (TX) dual-threat quarterback told Paul Rhoads he'd like to commit on his official visit two weeks ago, and Rhoads told him to go home and fully think it over with his parents. Lee-Campbell's parents have advised him to take official visits elsewhere, just so he can be sure Iowa State is the place for him.

Lee-Campbell is doing just that. He's taking an official visit to Yale this weekend — for the 130th rendition of the historic rivalry game against Harvard — and has a tentative visit to Wake Forest set up for Dec. 6-8.

Said a source close to Lee-Campbell: "Visits are just to make the parents happy. They just want him to visit a couple places to compare and make sure ISU is the right fit. He's 95 percent sure he'll be a Cyclone."

Lee-Campbell also texted one current Iowa State commit, who he's developed a relationship with, and said he's "basically a Cyclone."

***If you follow Terrell Clinkscales on Twitter, you're probably aware he's got numerous fan bases fawning over him, high-profile offer after high-profile offer. Ohio State was the latest to jump into the mix for the mammoth JUCO defensive tackle.

Clinkscales' first official visit was to Iowa State on Oct. 3. It made quite an impression (it was the Texas game), and he remains enamored with defensive tackles coach Shane Burnham and Iowa State's 4-3 style of play, but the sense I got from Clinkscales in talking to him this week is this is suddenly a two-horse race between Kansas State and Nebraska, despite Iowa State being his top school for so long.

Clinkscales says Iowa State's not out of it, and remains in his top four.

Along with Dodge City teammate Danzel McDaniel, Clinkscales visited Kansas State last weekend. Clinkscales will visit Nebraska on Nov. 29.

McDaniel, who also visited Iowa State on Oct. 3, lists Kansas State as his No. 1, and Clinkscales says he'd like to play with McDaniel in college. This could still take a variety of directions, mostly because Clinkscales won't enroll until the summer session — he has a Texas Tech visit in January — and by that point, many of the schools after him could be full at the position. Clinkscales could commit soon and eliminate that problem, but he still wants to take the official to Lubbock.

Says McDaniel: "[KSU visit] was good, they treated us great the whole time from coaches, players and mainly the fans."

The cornerback has an official visit to Cincinnati planned for Dec. 12.

***As we reported a while ago, the Cyclones were looking to go the JUCO route to replace graduating senior Jeremiah George, and it looks like they've zeroed in on the prospect of their choice, Jordan Harris of Copiah-Lincoln (MS) JUCO, who led the nation in tackles this past season, with 124 (13.8 per game).

Harris is also first-team all-state. The Cyclones offered the 6-foot, 235-pounder Wednesday morning, Paul Rhoads calling Harris up and giving him the sales pitch.

"We talked for a long time, he told me what he liked on film, the things they're hearing about," Harris said.

There's a interest from Harris' side — he would like to play in the Big 12, which he thinks is second-best to the SEC — and he'll have a better idea of where the Cyclones stand after this weekend (he's one of seven official visitors).

"I'll know more about it after the visit, but the things I've heard, it's a great school," he said.

Harris does know about Iowa State's hole to fill at Mike 'backer (Jevohn Miller is a candidate to slide inside as well).

Harris recommitted from Southern Miss about two weeks ago and the Golden Eagles are pretty much out of the race now. Harris will take a visit to North Texas on Dec. 11-12 and then take a quick trip to Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 13, then decide, and sign, after that. He'll enroll for the spring semester.

An aside: former Cyclone Tim Dobbins also played at Copiah-Lincoln.

***The other official visitors this weekend:

  • Keiwan Jones, a defensive tackle from Dunnellon High (FL), the only high schooler.

  • Devron Moore and Keishawn Richardson, defensive back teammates from NE Oklahoma A&M.

  • Gabe Luna, a defensive lineman from Butler JUCO.

  • Qujuan Floyd, a defensive back from Santa Monica JUCO.

  • Dale Pierson, a defensive end from Pasadena JUCO.

    Pierson, in my opinion, would be the biggest get of these players, a defensive end ready to immediately step in for Willie Scott. The Cyclones don't have any defensive line commits for the 2014 class. They'll add an end and a tackle, maybe in plurality, and Pierson is the best defensive end of those they've had advanced talks with.

    ***Our Allen Trieu reports 2015 quarterback Ryan Schlichte (MN) will be back in Ames for an unofficial.

    ***Four-star 2015 linebacker Josh Corcoran, who visited Iowa State for the Oklahoma State game, will be in Iowa City for a Hawkeyes game.

    ***Iowa State defensive back commit Dedric Brinson, on what he tells other schools who reach out to him: "I tell them I'm committed to Iowa State University."

    ***JUCO outside linebacker Dejon Brown (Mt. San Jacinto) is visiting Tennessee this weekend for the Vols' game against Vandy. Brown really likes the SEC and this is the third official visit he's taken this fall, all to different conferences — Iowa State and then Washington State. We'll catch up with him afterward.

    ***Wilmer-Hutchins (TX) defensive back De'Monte Ruth will take in Ames for the first time the weekend of Dec. 13 and catch Iowa State's basketball game against Iowa (this remains a huge recruiting weekend for the Cyclones, with many of the Midwest kids likely to come on unofricials as well).

    Ruth is committed to Iowa State.

    ***Cyclones commit Will Windham, a guard from Schertz (TX), is also visiting Dec. 13.

    ***Iowa State wide receiver commit Orion Salters of Dallas Jesuit was going to be in Ames this weekend for his official visit — he's never been up here — but his team advanced in the postseason so he'll have to reschedule.

    Basketball Recruiting

    ***Here's an interesting nugget on Rashad Vaughn's recruitment, from women's basketball reporter Carmon Wilson:

    Iowa State women's basketball player Seanna Johnson is a freshmen who grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and attended De La Salle High.


    Before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, HV before his senior year in High School, Vaughn attended Robbinsdale Cooper High, located in New Hope, Minn., a mere 11 miles away from Johnson and the Minneapolis suburbs. The two, Johnson and Vaughn, hit it off and have been friends for a long time.


    "We've known each other since he was in fifth or sixth grade playing in various AAU tournaments around and got to know each other pretty well," Johnson told this week. "We talk a lot. I talked with him before the men's game on Sunday, and then we spoke again after the game and we are on Twitter talking a lot.


    "We text and he will ask me how school is going, and then bring up the topic of Iowa State before I get a chance to try and recruit him here."

    ***I talked one-on-one with Vaughn on Sunday, and while there's still a ways to go in his recruitment, with it looking like he'll take all five official visits, I wouldn't argue with you if you said Iowa State is presently his No. 1 school.

    Joining the Vaughn recruiting brigade Sunder were hoops commits Clayton Custer and Jameel McKay and football recruit Allen Lazard.


    Iowa State defensive tackle David Irving remains part of the football team as we're days away from the Nov. 25 preliminary hearing for his serious misdemeanor, domestic abuse/assault causing bodily injury/mental illness.

    There is a no-contact order issued to Irving, banning him from being in touch with the alleged victim, Angela Sanchez, and their daughter, Zoe. The Iowa State Daily published a lengthy, very detailed interview with Sanchez, who borrowed money to take a bus back home to California two days after the arrest.

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