Go For Two: ISU Nabs Pair of 2014 Prospects

There must be something about Tuesdays for Iowa State, especially as it pertains to the 2014 crop of defensive players. The Cyclones nabbed two d-prospects Tuesday night. Head inside for evaluations, stats and capsules on each

There must be something about Tuesdays for Paul Rhoads and Iowa State, which must consider the third day of the week as its lucky one, reeling in two commitments for the 2014 class in each of the last two Tuesdays.

On Dec. 4, it was a two safety variety, JUCOs Devron Moore and Qujuan Floyd.

Last night, Dec. 10, defensive coordinator Wally Burnham again stocked up on talent, adding defensive end Gabe Luna and middle linebacker Jordan Harris, who both texted AllCyclones.com with the news.

Moore, Luna and Harris will all sign next week and enroll at Iowa State in January.

Harris said Rhoads remarked the commitment was like "an early Christmas present" for Iowa State, a program that needed some good momentum and talking points after a 3-9 season. The 2014 class, which now lists 20 commitments, is high on star power — Allen Lazard, Darius Lee-Campbell, Tommy Mister — and will bolster positions of need, like wide receiver, offensive line and the secondary with good depth. It could also produce a few first-year starters. There will be more to come.

Coupled with the Saturday addition of Darius Lee-Campbell, the Cyclones have five non-binding verbal commitments the last week.

Jordan Harris Bio

A late-rising prospect who led the NJCAA in tackles with 124 at Copiah-Lincoln and picked up an Iowa State offer Nov. 20 and visited Nov. 22-24. Regarded as the heir apparent to Jeremiah George and the Iowa State coaches used that, and Wally Burnham's track record with linebackers, as the key sales pitch … Will sign in December and enroll in January to compete in spring football … Harris could also play a role in the recruitment of 2014 defensive back J.T. Gray, a high school teammate of his at Clarksdale (MS) who has some big offers and will visit Iowa State in January and be hosted by Harris … Chose the Cyclones over Cincinnati, California, North Texas and Southern Miss.

Key Harris quote

""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 compare to him. He has to be one of the best defensive coaches in college football." — Harris to AllCyclones.com after his Nov. 22-24 visit.

Scout evaluation

"A speedster who breaks on the ball very well. He is a guy who is always around the football and will likely be involved in double digit tackles in just about every single game. He just has a knack for finding the football and he understands that getting the football is job one on defense." — Steve Robertson

Harris' commitment story.

Gabe Luna Bio

Was offered by Iowa State on Nov. 24 at the end of his official visit and texted AllCyclones.com of his commitment Dec. 10 … Will enroll in the spring semester as a December graduate and immediately compete for the opening at defensive end, occupied last fall by the graduating Willie Scott … Finished the regular season at Butler (KS) JUCO with 33 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception … Not the only defensive end Iowa State will try to take in its 2014 class ... Chose the Cyclones over offers from Cal, Texas Tech and UNC-Charlotte.

Key Luna quote

"I felt like it was gonna be a great fit for me. The team was like a family, more than a group of individuals. Care about one another. That's how it feels at Butler." — Luna on Dec. 10.

Scout evaluation

"A compact defensive end, Luna uses his size to his advantage when engaging an offensive tackle. He has quick hands so he's able to get low and get inside most offensive tackles to push them back or dispatch them when he needs to make a play. He has a quick burst off the line of scrimmage and a high motor that will get him a lot of chase down tackles. Strong at the point of attack, but undersized against 300-plus pound tackles." — Scott Kennedy

Luna's commitment story


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