To the surprise of no one, California native Dale Pierson wasn't thrilled with the weather in Ames over the weekend on his official visit, with temperatures at three degrees fahrenheit as the game entered the fourth quarter.
"I didn't like the weather at all," Pierson said Sunday evening while waiting to board a flight home. "At one point it was one degrees out there, that was the one thing I didn't like. ... it was the coldest weather I've ever been in.
"But I know it's not like that all the time. I went on the coldest week in history. The weather's not too much of a factor."
In response to the frigid conditions (the coldest game ever played at Jack Trice Stadium), the Cyclones showed off two things: an indoor practice bubble and a fan base that just doesn't quit, with about 20,000 people tailgating and attending Iowa State's game against Kansas, a 34-0 win, despite the team's 1-9 record.
"It was cool, I liked it," Pierson said. "Good to finally go out there and see everything for myself since I've been talking to Coach (Paul) Rhoads for a while. Good to see everything with my own eyes.
"And they still had a lot of people out there. That's great."
Pierson toured Iowa State's facilities and sat in on team and defensive meetings, where he was pleased to learn the Cyclones use the same scheme he's used to at Pasadena JUCO, only with more freedom for a defensive end to adjust to pass and run gaps accordingly.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder is a May graduate who'll sign in February. Pierson plans on taking all five official visits, his second one coming next weekend at Indiana.
Pierson will visit Southern California unofficially on Tuesday to watch practice.
Iowa State was the second school to offer Pierson, behind Arizona. Since then he's picked up five more offers.