Ayeni Connection Could Help Cyclones

Tommy Mister decommitted from Iowa State because of uncertainty as to who'd be coaching him. Well, wouldn't you know Mister already has a connection with new running backs coach Louis Ayeni?

Chicago St. Rita (IL) three-star running back Tommy Mister, a 2014 Iowa State target who decommitted Dec. 26, had been told Monday would be the day.

After reneging on his plans to go to Ames because of uncertainty — uncertainty as to who'd be his position coach, uncertainty as to what offensive scheme the Cyclones would be running — Mister knew Jan. 6 would offer some clarity.

Before Iowa State fans stopped celebrating the hire of Mark Mangino as offensive coordinator, their focus on Twitter turned to Mister: Is this good enough for him?

"Mangino, I know a bunch about him — he fits my style of play," said Mister, who wants to play in a downhill running scheme.

But it's Iowa State's other hire of the day, tabbing Louis Ayeni as new running backs coach, that could help the Cyclones the most.

"I know Coach Ayeni," Mister told AllCyclones.com. "When he coached at Toledo he came to school a couple times and tried to recruit me and stuff, so I know who he is."

Ayeni, 32, played at Northwestern from 1999-2003 and played two seasons in the NFL.

Toledo this past season was No. 14 nationally in rushing offense at 240.58 yards on the ground per game and workhorse David Fluellen finished 10th in yards per game while scoring 10 touchdowns and amassing 1,121 yards.

Mister has a tentative Iowa State visit scheduled for Jan. 24, a visit he'd take with Allen Lazard and fellow Chicagoan Jauan Wesley. He doesn't know if he'll take that trip yet, but will look to decide after he meets with the new Cyclones coaches once the dead period ends, as early as Jan. 16.

"As soon as the dead period's over they'll come up here and see where everything goes," Mister said. "I'm just talking things out with my family and going over a bunch of things with them."

Indiana is seen as a current favorite after Mister's decommitment.

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