Taryn Christion thinks he has the game to play in the Big 12. The Roosevelt (SD) dual-threat quarterback has to wait a few more months to prove it.
Christion, who believes he's high on Iowa State's QB wish list, will camp at Ames this summer. Contact with the Cyclones has been steady since Christion attended the Cyclones' Junior Day on March 8. On Thursday, coach Brandon Blaney stopped by the high school to pick up some tape of Christion to show QB coach Mark Mangino.
"They said a big thing for me was to stay patient and wait until the summer," Christion told AllCyclones.com "That's when they'd see me throw, at camp, that's why I want to get down there really bad, because that's the best chance at it happening."
Iowa State has played it slow this spring after reshuffling its staff and been conservative with its offers. Ohio's Joe Burrow is the only signal-caller the Cyclones have offered. Christion is a top target, as is Bay Port (WI) athlete Alec Ingold. Local target Ryan Boyle was an option but he committed to Iowa after the Hawkeyes offered.
"It's me and one other guy, so I think I'm one of the top guys now," Christion said. "I want to go to a level I know I can play at and I think I can play at that high of a level. I just want the chance to prove what I've got."
Christion has offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and South Dakota. He's been in touch with Minnesota and Iowa as well this spring. As a junior in 2013, Christion passed for 2,600 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards and 18 scores. He led the Rough Riders to a 9-2 record.