McMillen: '100 Percent ISU' After 'Cuse Offer

Bobby McMillen has seen recruiting pick up recently, Syracuse offering last week. The calendar has turned to the 2015 class, but some things never change: ISU's first commit is already mastering the art of "no, thanks." Head inside for moe

If Allen Lazard had any idea what was in store, he probably would've waited a bit longer to commit to Iowa State.

When Lazard, the all-everything four-star wideout from Urbandale, pulled the trigger in December of 2012, he thought his recruitment was going to quiet down. Instead, the opposite. Other schools did nothing but increase their efforts while for 14 months Lazard dealt with a media that kept having to make sure he'd still be a Cyclone.

"When I first committed I was relieved to have it over, or at least I thought it'd be over," Lazard said on Signing Day in February.

The calendar has turned to the 2015 class, but some things never change: ISU's first commit is already mastering the art of "no, thanks."

Naperville (IL) linebacker Bobby McMillen committed back on March 8, choosing ISU over one other FBS offer from Central Michigan.

It came with a warning.

"Coach Rhoads did tell me, 'Listen, recruiting isn't gonna stop for you now. It might pick up,'" McMillen said Wednesday night. "Which it did, obviously."

Syracuse has entered the picture, the Orange offering the 6-foot-2, 200-pound McMillen after a lengthy evaluation period.

"They told me before I committed to Iowa State they had evaluated their film," McMillen said. "As you know, it doesn't take a day to evaluate film. It's gotta go through every single coach and eventually it ends up at the head coach's desk and he makes the final decision. It took them a couple weeks to evaluate my film and coach (QB coach and recruiting coordinator, Tim) Lester called me last week and told me they were offering me.

"It's definitely a blessing but I'm 100 percent committed to Iowa State right now. Nothing is going to change that unless a major coaching change happens with Coach Rhoads or their d-coordinator or something happens that doesn't make me feel comfortable at Iowa State anymore, which I doubt will happen. Right now I'm going to be an Iowa State Cyclone and I'm completely happy to say that."

Notre Dame eventually got Lazard on campus for an official visit, in October of 2013, which Lazard explained as "exploring my options and getting my whole recruiting experience."

McMillen doesn't anticipate taking any other trips.

"Pretty much," he said. "Rhoads told me, 'You just told me, Coach (Derek) Day and Coach (Wally) Burnham that you were committed to Iowa State and you want to go here. That shows me you're interested in no other school. I don't know how we would feel if you did visit elsewhere.'"

Recruiting rages on for McMillen, in other ways. He keeps in the ear of fellow Illinois product Flynn Nagel, a three-star wideout with an ISU offer, and goes way back with ISU targets Jacob and Julian Huff of Bolingbrook (IL).

"As the first commit of the 2015 class, I took it as a role and a job to make sure we can build the best 2015 class in the nation, in my mind," McMillen said. "So I'm going to be in contact with those guys that commit and are gonna be a part of the Cyclone family and say, 'Yes, we have a good recruiting class already but we want to be better.' There isn't a [limit] for how good our recruiting class can be."


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