Taiese Decides to Commit to Cyclones

Taiese was told there was the opportunity to come to Ames and fight for a starting spot along the interior of the offensive line

Laney (JUCO) offensive lineman Wendell Taiese has decided to commit to Iowa State following an official visit, he told AllCyclones.com.

Taiese's coach, John Beam, told AllCyclones.com on Monday afternoon that Taiese was going to commit to the Cyclones.

The fourth offensive lineman in Iowa State's 2014 class, Taiese is the 21st overall commit.

"They want me coming in immediately and play," Taise said. "They want me to come in January. But if I can't, I can still come in the summer and work for a spot."

As Taiese alluded to, the timetable for his graduation and enrollment date is still up in the air.

The 6-foot-6, 350-pound Taiese said he made the decision to commit Sunday night while traveling home from his official visit — "I felt the love," he said — and after concurring with his family and coaches, felt sure.

After he's finished with his Monday classes Taiese will call Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads and officially accept the offer, he said.

Taiese was told there was the opportunity to come to Ames and fight for a starting spot at "strong" guard.

"Strongly," he said. "We were watching film Saturday and they said they'd want me [to play] anywhere."

Iowa State won out over offers from Fresno State, Kansas, Cincinnati and Texas State.

As a prep, Taiese signed with Washington State, but was unable to qualify, so he headed to Arizona Western where he played in 2011 as a freshman, but then he decided to transfer closer to home and take care of a high school injury that had been giving him fits for a couple of years.

"I had torn the labrum in my left shoulder back in high school and I just battled through it and toughed it out, but eventually it just got to the point where I needed to get it taken care of," Taiese said in a prior interview with Scout.com. "I also decided to come closer to my home and Laney was a good fit."

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