Anderson Reassured On In-Home Visit

His family staying in Texas rather than move to Omaha, ISU commit Cole Anderson has concerns over the distance between home and Ames. However, after an in-home visit with Paul Rhoads on Wednesday, Anderson told AllCyclones.com he's been reassured

If you were paying attention to your Twitter timeline Wednesday, it was apparent Cyclones commit Cole Anderson, the Clear Falls (TX) offensive lineman, was experiencing some second thoughts before his in-home visit.

Tweeted Anderson: "Couldn't be any more nervous for tonight," "Great in home, tons to think about," and "Going to sleep with a good feeling in my heart. I'm still unsure, but I know God will lead me in the right direction."

Given a night to sleep on it, Anderson told AllCyclones.com on Thursday morning he remains an ISU commit and was reassured on a visit with Paul Rhoads, Mark Mangino and Louis Ayeni.

"Just some pre-signing worries," Anderson said, adding it wasn't a case of other schools joining the mix.

"I love (new coaches) Mangino and Ayeni and I've always been sold on the football program, just have to feel comfortable with the school and I think I am."

Anderson had all along planned to ride out his decision, but his hand was forced when Oregon State accepted a commitment from another lineman in early October. Anderson pledged to ISU a few days later to ensure he'd get the last spot available for a high school lineman.

So what gave Anderson the most cause for hesitation?

"Distance and whether I'd be happy as a student there," Anderson said. "Coach Rhoads talked about earned trust and blind trust and told me if he had my earned trust, which he does, then I could blindly trust based on the history of players coming from Texas that I was going to be happy there."

With Anderson's father, Clayton, accepting a job as a distinguished lecturer in aerospace engineering at Iowa State in October, the family was set to move to Omaha for the periodic commute. However, Clayton has since opted to remain in a part-time role with Iowa State and the family has decided to remain in the Houston area — thus concerns over distance for Cole.

A three-star recruit, Anderson projects as a center in college.


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