There was the official visit to Utah still on the board, Jan. 17, but as Qujuan Floyd watched Iowa State coaches Wally Burnham and Todd Sturdy leave his home Tuesday night, he realized he couldn't wait until then.
Floyd, the 6-foot safety from Santa Monica (JUCO), who played high school football with De'Anthony Thomas, had a quick talk with his father and then made the decision to commit to Iowa State.
"Basically they told me that had offers to some other safeties and since my visit to Utah was way late, I didn't want to lose the opportunity to go to Iowa State because somebody else could have committed," Floyd told AllCyclones on Tuesday.
"I talked to my Dad right when they left about waiting until January to see Utah and he basically said, 'Don't wait until the right minute and lose Iowa State."
Floyd called Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads and told him the news, making him the 17th commit of the 2014 recruiting class and second JUCO safety to pledge to the Cyclones on Tuesday alone.
"Coach Rhoads said, 'Today, the team has gotten better,'" Floyd said.
Floyd took an official visit to Iowa State the weekend of the Kansas game, Nov. 22. He expects to have the opportunity to play right away.
"That's the plan," he said. "I'm ready to come in and play. That was my main [recruiting interest] — having the opportunity to come in and play right away."
In eight games this season Floyd recorded five interceptions and as a freshman he notched 85 tackles, seven interceptions and broke up 13 passes.
Floyd can play either safety position but says he likes to support the run.
The Cyclones are losing starting safeties Jacques Washington and Deon Broomfield to graduation. Earlier Tuesday, Devron Moore committed to Iowa State.
"I'm pretty excited to finally have the nervousness gone of waiting for other schools to call," Floyd said. "Now I can focus on passing my classes and getting ready to play at Iowa State."
A May graduate, Floyd chose Iowa State over confirmed offers from Utah, New Mexico and Texas State.