Mark Mangino has found his quarterback.
"I feel great, I've dreamed about this all my life," DeLira told AllCyclones.com. "Growing up, I knew I always wanted to play college football. But the question was where I'd play. I never thought it'd be Iowa State. That was just the perfect fit for me.
"I was gonna commit right away. ISU was perfect for me."
"Just the perfect fit for me."
The timing of the commitment comes right at the conclusion of Iowa State's June camps. The Cyclones watched Florida quarterbacks Sage Attwood and Jeff Smith throw Friday at Jack Trice Stadium and compared them to DeLira (who camped June 14) and Demry Croft and Billy Bahl, who were in Ames on June 7, and decided DeLira was the best fit for new offensive coordinator Mark Mangino's offense.
"They told me they evaluated and there wasn't a second-guess," DeLira said. "It could've been tomorrow and they could discuss things more but they wanted to call me right after camp, it's pretty cool."
Mangino, of course, has had great success with Lake Travis in the past, plucking Todd Reesing out of the central Texas powerhouse in 2006.
Garrett Gilbert (Texas) followed Reesing, then came Michael Brewer and Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech).
"It's awesome, there's been a lot of good quarterbacks there," DeLira said. "The coaches do a good job with you. It's kinda cool to be part of that elite group of guys and grow up to be one of them."
In his first season as a starter in 2013, DeLira threw for 2,329 yards (60 percent completion) and 25 touchdowns to six interceptions, taking the Cavaliers to a 12-2 record. DeLira was named the District 15 5-A Newcomer of the Year.
DeLira was extremely impressive last week at ISU's camp, placing his passes with precision despite a strong wind. He ran well, too, with a 4.66 40-yard-dash and measured at a hair under 6-foot-1 and 176 pounds.
"I had a good time — it doesn't matter rain, shine, wind, I'm gonna go out there and play and show them what I'm about," DeLira said afterward. "I'm very accurate, I work a lot on it. I can throw the deep ball, too, when I need to."
The DeLira family spent Friday and Saturday nights in Iowa that weekend, eating at Along the Border and catching a showing of 22 Jump Street. He knew then he could see himself at Iowa State.
"I love it," he said. "Everybody was really welcoming, everybody was really nice. It's different from Austin. It's a perfect fit."
The Cyclones began recruiting DeLira this spring. On a May trip to Austin, wide receivers coach Tommy Mangino watched DeLira practice.
"It's pretty cool," DeLira said of ISU in a June 3 interview. "He shows he cares. I call him all the time and we talk a lot. I'm building a relationship with him."
DeLira joins Ohio State commit Joey Burrow as the only two quarterbacks the Cyclones offered in 2015. New Mexico and North Texas were also showing interest.