This is a weekly scatter-shooting of Iowa State program and recruiting news, exclusive to AllCyclones.com subscribers.
***You can expect attrition for any team any season, but there will be a good bit more for Iowa State after a 3-9 campaign and some staff changes.
There was a post on CycloneFanatic.com yesterday about a rumor that nose tackle Brandon Jensen, who just played his redshirt junior season, was leaving the football team. A program source says Jensen is still on the team at this point but more should clear up by the end of next week.
Let's leave it at that and not speculate. When there's something to report, we'll report.
***Iowa Western (JUCO) defensive end Trevon Young was in Ames earlier this week for an official visit that was kept under wraps until the players began tweeting about a bowling trip. Young left Ames with an offer and is at Ole Miss right now and will be at Louisville over the weekend.
"Trevon said he loved his Iowa State visit, loved the new facilities — he hadn't seen that yet," Regina Young, Trevon's mother, told AllCyclones.com on Thursday. "It's close to home, but at the same time he wants to check out the other options and see what's out there. He's at Ole Miss and thinks it's a beautiful campus.
"We haven't talked as a family about which way he's leaning. We'll have a little family meeting Monday."
Young is a former Des Moines Lincoln standout whose scholarship to Iowa was revoked after he was twice arrested after his junior season of high school. The 6-foot-4 end enrolled at Iowa Western C.C., where he broke the school record for sacks in a season.
Young again has an offer from Iowa (he'll have three seasons of eligibility) and has gotten over the anger at the program not for dropping his scholarship but for the radio silence afterward.
The Cyclones last time thought they were in the lead for Young before the Hawkeyes swooped in. Young's girlfriend attends Iowa State and accompanied him during his official visit and his mother would prefer him in Ames.
"I would love him to stay close to home but as we told him now and last time, we'll support his decision," Regina Young said.
"Iowa is still something that he'd consider, he hasn't ruled them out."
The big recruiting pitch from the Cyclones' point of view is a 230-pound defensive end would thrive in the Big 12 rushing the passer 50 or so times a game, as opposed to the power styles of the SEC and Big Ten.
Young will sign Wednesday.
***Iowa State commit Allen Lazard celebrated his 18th birthday Wednesday blowing out candles with Iowa State defensive tackles coach Shane Burnham in attendance.
Now it's Notre Dame's turn, with coaches Bobby Elliot and Tony Alford set to be in Lazard's home Thursday night. Lazard is still very much a full-fledged Cyclones commit who fans shouldn't worry about, but the Fighting Irish will likely be on the chase until February.
***Largo (FL) cornerback Cordell Hudson will return from his Rutgers official visit Sunday, Dec. 15 — the last day until the recruiting dead period — and be greeted by a pack of Iowa State defensive coaches at his home, with head coach Paul Rhoads in attendance. Full speed ahead with this three-star cornerback.
***Ellsworth (JUCO) cornerback Corry O'Meally is taking final exams this weekend and should have his transcript submitted by next week. If satisfactory, O'Meally says he'll commit to Iowa State.
***The Cyclones could still take a high school cornerback, a JUCO cornerback or one of each. One JUCO name to watch is Dodge City (KS) player Danzel McDaniel, who mysteriously had his planned Nebraska visit fall through — and his scholarship offer likely pulled — and will instead visit Southern Miss, despite listing a top two of Kansas State and Iowa State. Hattiesburg is beautiful in December.
McDaniel said yesterday he'd decide Monday or Tuesday.
A teammate of McDaniel's at Dodge City, defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales, committed to Nebraska about two weeks ago.
As there is still some shaky ground over in Lincoln, the staff is still keeping tabs on Clinkscales.
***There's the chance the Cyclones take two JUCO defensive tackles — a nose and a three-technique.
***A source close to Dale Pierson, whose most recent story you can find on the front page of AllCyclones.com, says of Iowa State, "There are NO worries period. Dale and our whole family feels Iowa State is the best place on and off the field for him."
Let's see how this ends, but if the Cyclones take a commitment from Trevon Young next week — I'm not saying they will, I haven't talked to Young and don't know what he's thinking, but I know the family is sort of pushing for Ames — then all bets are off.
***Iowa State running back commit Tommy Mister is in Bloomington this weekend for an official Indiana visit.
***Cyclone Report had a good scoop the other day with a piece on Iowa State cornerback commit Dedric Brinson, whose scholarship might be in "limbo" as the staff recently learned of an official visit to Indiana in October. I can confirm this and would expect a resolution soon either way.
Well, maybe not.
A source with knowledge of Iowa State's recruiting strategy told AllCyclones.com on Wednesday night that Cunningham was becoming less and less of a "need" for Iowa State.
"We're pretty much done with the class, just waiting on Rashad. To be honest, we're putting all our focus on him."
Iowa State feels its roster for 2014-15 is "pretty loaded" with the addition of 2014 point guard Clayton Custer and transfer Jameel McKay at mid-season. The addition of Vaughn — whose recruitment Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels still handicaps as a two-horse race between the Cyclones and UNLV — would give Iowa State 13 scholarship players.
This is a different tune than after McKay's announcement to transfer, when I was told the Cyclones "of course" were still recruiting Cunningham, the three-star small forward.
My guess? The Cyclones were expecting to get an answer from Cunningham either way during the early-signing period after his October official visit. And, they must be encouraged with the play of their young backup wings Naz Long and Sherron Dorsey-Walker, along with the practice play of Abdel Nader, to figure their roster is fine going forward.
***Everything has been checked off for Jameel McKay — enrollment, finance — and the forward will start classes in January.