First Ames Trip Doesn't Disappoint Salters

"I can be scat-back out in the flats on third down. I could be a good deep-threat, too. I'm pretty good speed-wise. A good playmaker. I return punts and kicks, too"

One of three Texas products to visit Iowa State this weekend, Orion Salters braced himself for weather like he had never seen on his first ever visit to Ames.

Instead, the Iowa State commit and Jesuit (TX) playmaker was pleasantly surprised.

"I thought the snow would be a lot worse than it was," Salters told AllCyclones.com on Sunday after arriving back home in Dallas. "It wasn't too bad. There wasn't too much wind. I can get used it."

And as for the actual visit?

"I loved it, it was awesome," he said. "It's different from Dallas, but it felt like home."

Salters committed to Iowa State in June after the early evaluation period despite not having made a trip to Iowa. Current Cyclones defensive end J.D. Waggoner, a high school teammate, told him how much fun he was having in Ames and "how amazing the place was," but Salters was still anxious to see his next home for four years.

"Yeah, I was," he said. "For one, I had never seen it. Didn't even know all that much about it. I've been to Ohio, where I have family, but I've never been to Iowa. I was really wanting to get up there. It was more than I expected. I knew it'd be a good time. It was amazing."

The Cyclones first took the official visitors to Iowa State's basketball game Friday night at a jumping Hilton Coliseum, an 85-82 home win over rival Iowa. They checked out the Bergstrom football complex, went out with the players, toured the campus and had breakfast with head coach Paul Rhoads.

Salters enjoyed the company of the other Texas kids — Houston safety Vic Holmes and San Antonio lineman Will Windham — and chatted with the uncommitted visitors: Washburn (MN) running back Jeff Jones, West Virginia outside linebacker commit Xavier Preston from Florida and JUCO tackle Wendell Taise.

"They were really into it," Salters said of the uncommitted players. "I was with most of them a lot of the time with Xavier and Wendell. Xavier was a little quiet, but he was a cool guy. Wendell seemed like he liked it a lot. He has a couple visits but seems like he wants to go to Iowa State."

As for Salters, he's firmly an Iowa State commit. Jesuit lost to Texas football powerhouse Lake Travis in the third round of this year's playoffs. Salters scored 17 total touchdowns and had about 1,000 all-purpose yards. The Cyclones are excited about what he can bring to the table.

"I think I'll be one of those guys who can make a play if a play needs to be made," Salters, who has been clocked at running a 4.44 40-yard-dash, said. "I can be scat-back out in the flats on third down. I could be a good deep-threat, too. I'm pretty good speed-wise. A good playmaker. I return punts and kicks, too."


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