Cyclones Host George's Potential Replacement

AllCyclones caught up with JUCO LB Jordan Harris on Sunday afternoon to discuss his Iowa State visit and when he plans on making a college choice

Realizing they'll need to replace standout middle linebacker Jeremiah George, Iowa State has zeroed in on a JUCO prospect to fill the void, someone who can step in and contribute immediately.

Copiah-Lincoln (MS) standout Jordan Harris is Iowa State's top target at the position. He spent the weekend in Ames on an official visit, his first, and was wooed by Paul Rhoads and Wally Burnham and their sparkling history with linebackers.

"The visit went great, I could see myself there," Harris said Sunday afternoon. "I loved the defense Coach Wally runs, I feel like I'm a true 4-3 middle linebacker. I didn't realize he had that many linebackers in the NFL — he was just counting them out.

"None of the d-coordinators in the country compares to him. He has to be one of the best defensive coaches in college football."

Harris, who was offered by Iowa State on Nov. 20, led the National Junior College Athletic Association in total tackles as a sophomore, with 124.

It's a foregone conclusion George will land on the All-Big 12 team once the season wraps up. He's currently No. 3 nationally in total tackles, three behind No. 2 Tyler Matakevich of Temple, who, like George, has one game left.

When he does, George will be the fifth consecutive Iowa State linebacker to be named a first- or second-team all-conference player.

The above information was all recited by Harris, who became well-versed in Iowa State's linebacker history on his official visit.

"Me and Coach Rhoads talked a lot," he said. "He told me how important it was to get me there and get me in Jeremiah's spot."

A former Southern Miss commit, Harris will wrap up his official visits — North Texas, Cincinnati and MTSU — in early December and make his collegiate choice soon after.

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