Countdown to NSD: Lazard Can't Wait

Allen Lazard spoke to on Tuesday night about his official visit and film session with Mark Mangino, ISU's three newest commitments and his thoughts on friend Tommy Mister's decommitment

"Eight days."

Allen Lazard doesn't need a calendar to let him know National Signing Day is drawing near. The Urbandale (IA) four-star receiver has been counting down the days for a while.

"It seems like forever and still taking forever but sooner or later it'll be here," Lazard told on Tuesday night before Urbandale's basketball game at Ankeny High.

The Army All-American will sign his letter of intent to Iowa State at 7 a.m. on Feb. 5 so his parents can see him before heading off to work.

Lazard committed to Iowa State in December of 2012 and hasn't wavered since, even after taking an official visit to Notre Dame in October. He said he's been going to Cyclones football games since before he can remember, and showed up often this fall for unofficials, before finally taking his Iowa State OV this past weekend.

"It was great," Lazard said.

The bell cow of ISU's 2014 class, the Cyclones staff held off on Lazard's official visit until later in the season to time it with other big-time prospects in attendance. Tommy Mister was originally supposed to visit that weekend — and Lazard's presence would solidify things — before he withdrew his commitment and pledged to Indian.

"Losing Tommy, or anyone, it's never a good thing," Lazard said. "But I wish the best of luck to Tommy, doing what's best for his family."

The Cyclones made up for Mister's loss with the commitment of fellow three-star tailback Michael Warren, who visited with Lazard.

"Picking up Mike Warren was definitely a huge get," Lazard said. "I'm really excited to see what he can do.

"He's a speedy, speedy running back."

JUCO defensive lineman Terry Ayeni and Clearwater (FL) cornerback Mike Johnson committed on Sunday as well.

"Mike Johnson, an elite, elite cornerback," Lazard said. "He could have played anywhere. Terry Ayeni, I got to know him really well and that's a good guy, a really big guy.

"Those three guys fit in really well with the rest of the class."

The highest-rated commit of the 2014 class and the second-best player in Iowa, per rankings, Lazard understands the need for him to fulfill ISU ambassador duties with other recruits.

"I definitely know my role at Iowa State — obviously I'm the big face right now," Lazard said.

A film session with new Cyclones offensive coordinator Mark Mangino was the highlight of Lazard's weekend.

"I was very ecstatic knowing the previous history he had at KU and OU," Lazard said. "When I went out on my official visit they showed me tape of Mangino in [2009] with KU and the offense. It got me really excited, what he does and how he gets one-on-ones with players ... in space. I'll probably be an outside receiver."

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