The Cyclones have been trying to nail down an official visit with Clarksdale (MS) athlete J.T. Gray for over a month and on Monday their efforts paid off.
Following an in-home visit with ISU defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, Gray has set up a Jan. 24 trip to Ames, bucking Cincinnati off his list and thrusting the Cyclones into a battle with Mississippi State for the three-star's services.
"It's between those two now," Gray told AllCyclones.com shortly after Burnham left.
A little over two hours away from Gray's home, the Bulldogs obviously have the edge in proximity over Iowa State, but Gray said he did not grow up rooting for Mississippi State and doesn't expect location to be too big a factor in his final decision.
Weighing in the Cyclones' favor is Jordan Harris, the Copiah-Lincoln JUCO signee who played with Gray when he was at Clarksdale. Harris will serve as Gray's host on the official visit.
"He's told me I need to come check it out," Gray said.
"I want to get a balanced view of everything."
Though he ranks as the No. 60 running back in the 2014 class, Gray expects to play cornerback at the college level. He was scheduled to visit Arizona State last weekend but that trip fell through.