Iowa State is on a roll with its 2014 recruiting class, landing five players in the span of a week — a quarterback Darius Lee-Campbell and four JUCO defensive players, Devron Moore, Qujuan Floyd, Gabe Luna and Jordan Harris — to eliminate any ill will after the Cyclones' 3-9 season.
Longtime members of the class are starting to take notice.
Chicago St. Rita running back Tommy Mister, a three-star and the No. 75 player at his position, texted AllCyclones.com on Tuesday night after it reported the commitment of both, saying, "This is the best class in a long time hands down."
Of course, there's a long way until national signing day Feb. 5, and the Cyclones need to hold onto their big fish, top of the list being Mister himself, who's being seriously courted by Indiana; the Hoosiers are supposed to send Kevin Wilson to his home today and Mister is visiting the Hoosiers officially this weekend.
For their part, the Cyclones sent head coach Paul Rhoads to Mister's home Tuesday, along with Chicago recruiter Derek Day, the lead guy on Mister's recruitment, to get squared away before Mister's Indiana visit.
"We talked for a while, they got my parents on the right page and silenced a lot of questions," Mister said Tuesday.
Chief among those concerns was the direction of Iowa State's offense after it fired coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope. Mister liked the emphasis the 2013 offense placed on the downhill running game and attempted to use backs in the passing game and wanted assurance he'd be stepping into a similar scheme.
We'll check in with Mister after his Indiana visit. He will be in Ames on Jan. 24 for his official Iowa State visit.