Iowa State's hire of running backs coach Louis Ayeni has given the Cyclones an "in" with a talented player at a position of need.
The Cyclones on Friday extended an offer to Lawton (OK) 2014 running back Michael Warren, who Ayeni recruited when he was at Toledo. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Warren has offers set the school record for rushing yards in a season and has standing offers from Toledo and Washington State (Oklahoma was an option but the Sooner got a pledge from five-star Joe Mixon).
"Since Coach Ayeni got the job there, he showed them my film and they called me about an hour ago saying they're going to offer," Warren told AllCyclones.com. "Coach Ayeni recruited me at Toledo."
Warren will visit Iowa State and says Jan. 24 is the most likely timeframe, which would coincide with wideouts Allen Lazard and Jauan Wesley — and was also the planned date for Tommy Mister, the three-star back who recently withdrew his ISU verbal.
The opportunity to stay in Big 12 country is enticing for Warren but he's considering schools from all around the nation.
"I have no problem with distance," Warren said. "Wherever the best opportunity is, I'll go there."
The Cyclones have one committed running back in the 2014 class, Martinez Syria, and are clearly looking to add another after the graduation of three scholarship running backs.