"I think I found a home," Ayeni tweeted Saturday afternoon while catching ISU's basketball game against KSU at Hilton Coliseum.
Sunday morning, Ayeni tweeted then confirmed to AllCyclones.com that he had pledged to Iowa State and head coach Paul Rhoads. The JUCO defensive lineman out of New Mexico Military Institute saw his recruitment pick up in December, Iowa State offering Dec. 21 to join the mix with West Virginia and Northern Illinois.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ayeni teamed up with JUCO teammate Edmond Boateng to create a fearsome front-four for NMMI. The Cyclones were after Boateng, who eventually signed with Arizona State, before discovering Ayeni.
Ayeni will have three years to play two seasons in Ames. He visited Northern Illinois on Jan. 17 and was supposed to go to USF on Jan. 31 but will cancel that trip.
The addition of Ayeni, a May grad, gives the Cyclones three defensive linemen thus far in 2014 — all JUCO guys. Shane Burnham was the lead recruiter for Ayeni, who had seven sacks and 14 tackles for loss this season.