Capsule: Cyclones Grab Nos. 21 and 22

Iowa State added two verbal commitments in its 2014 recruiting class Monday. Head inside for comprehensive analysis and coverage of additions Nos. 21 and 22

They come in twos. Of Iowa State's seven most recent commits, just one (Darius Lee-Campbell) had a day all to himself. JUCO safeties Qujuan Floyd and Devron Moore committed within hours of each other two weeks ago. Last week, Gabe Luna and Jordan Harris did the same.

Yesterday, it was JUCO lineman Wendell Taiese and high school cornerback Brian Peavy jumping at late offers, becoming Nos. 21 and 22 of Iowa State's 2014 recruiting class.

Taiese Bio

Ten different players started on the offensive line for Iowa State in 2013, multiple players lining up at different positions (Jamison Lalk at center and guard, for instance, and Daniel Burton at guard and tackle).

The Cyclones were ninth in the Big 12 in yards per rush, at 3.54. They were eighth in yards per game. Futile on the ground. The Cyclones finished last in the conference in sacks allowed (38), five worse than No. 9 TCU. Futile through the air.

So while the verbal commitment of Taiese — he's unsure if he'll be able to enroll in December or May — was surprising, as the Cyclones already had three line commits in the class, it does qualify as a "need," especially as the Cyclones are very, very unlikely to get anything out of freshmen-to-be Kory Kodanko, Cole Anderson and Will Windham in Year 1.

Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was likely lobbying hard for another able body and Taiese can come in and push Oni Omoile at strongside guard.

"They want me [to come in] immediately and play," Taiese said Monday.

Taiese's story

  • Trey's Evaluation

    Here's a mammoth guard who has the capability to pull in Chris Klenakis' offensive line scheme if he was tabbed as a "quick" guard. Taiese is nimble on his feet and blocks well in space, opening up downfield lanes for ball-carriers. Very strong at the point of contact. One thing he'll be coached up on is his fundamentals in pass protection, as Taiese doesn't do the best job of maintaining a low base and gets too high. At the Big 12 level, that could get him beat.

    Peavy Bio


    A high school cornerback has been a priority for Iowa State in this class as there's plenty of snaps to be had in the secondary going forward. There's also the in-flux status of Dedric Brinson, who's in some hot water after not being forthcoming about a mid-October visit to Indiana, a month after his Iowa State commitment.

    At 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, Peavy is on the smaller side, but his lack of height isn't so drastic it'll be a major crutch against wide receivers as it is for, say, Iowa State's Sam E. Richardson (5-foot-7).

    The jump from high school to Big 12 will be made less difficult by the fact he played Texas 5A Football, Region II, in District 13, one of the toughest divisions in the state. His Mustangs rolled through district play 8-0 and finished 13-1 overall. Peavy returned a punt for a touchdown against ISU commit Darius Lee-Campbell's Spring team.

    Westfield is held in high esteem in the Houston area, the word "swagger" being used quite frequently to describe its bunch of players. Peavy's confidence is an asset.

  • Trey's Evaluation

    Judging Peavy off his highlight tape, it's evident he's a playmaker with good anticipation and quality skills. He's a fluid athlete who can flip his hips and make up for lost ground. That's happening quite a bit in his film as attempts to bump-and-run a receiver but is instead thrown off the route. Time in the weight room and a correction of technique under Troy Douglas will do wonders for Peavy.

    Peavy's story

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