Tampa Plant junior cornerback Derrick Baity has offers from in-state schools like UCF, USF and Florida Atlantic, but if the 2015 product prefers to leave the state, Iowa State has a good selling point.
The Cyclones have 18 players on their roster from Florida and signed three Sunshine State products in their 2014 class. Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham cut his teeth at Florida State in the early 1990s and coached at South Florida before arriving in Ames while d-tackles coach Shane Burnham, the staff's ace recruiter, works Florida a few weeks each recruiting season.
"To know they're big on coming to Florida and recruiting, it gives them an [upper-hand] on a lot of schools," Baity told AllCyclones.com on Tuesday.
Baity picked up an ISU offer when Shane Burnham came by school last week.
"He's a cool coach, I thought he was pretty funny," Baity said. "I like him as a person."
Baity is a hair over 6-foot-2 currently, but might grow another inch. He's also added 20 pounds since last fall, up to 180.
He's exactly the kind of big, new-era prototype cornerback the Cyclones are looking to add.
"I like to press-and-run with 'em, get my hands on 'em," Baity said. "I've gotten way stronger, more comfortable as a DB. As a sophomore, I was an athlete, but there were other DBs so I didn't play too much. My junior year, I weighed like 160 pounds at the beginning of the season, so if you look at film you see a tall, lanky kid, but now I'm 180."
Baity, if he adds more weight, could morphy into a safety, too.
Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Syracuse, Utah and Wisconsin are other schools that have offered. Baity is trying to close out the school year strong and will turn more of a focus to recruiting this summer. He remains totally open.
"I don't have a top anything right now," he said. "I'll wait until the summer to start seeing schools. I just want to play at the next level. I want to play in college. If it's in the Big 12, Pac-12, whatever, I just want to play at the next level."