Nerness Talks Cyclones Pledge

Iowa State added its fifth commitment of the 2015 class and third in-state player Saturday with the pledge of defensive end Seth Nerness

Iowa State's in-state recruiting momentum continues.

Murray star Seth Nerness — who plays many positions on his eight-man football team — committed to the Cyclones on Saturday, he told

Nerness gave Paul Rhoads his pledge during ISU's elite Junior Day, right before dinnertime. He has held an ISU offer since the fall and picked up Kansas State offer the other week at the Wildcats' camp. Western Illinois also offered Nerness.

"Dinner was just starting and we were right under the scoreboard on that balcony," Nerness said. "Coach Rhoads said, 'One of these days.' And I said, 'Yeah, today will be the day.'

"I think he was shocked to start with, he had this stunned look. I had kept telling them [I'd commit] in July. He was stunned then he was like a little kid on Christmas."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Nerness projects as a defensive end at the next level, likely a good pass-rusher at that. He was impressive in limited action at Iowa State's June 7 camp and was likewise impressed with new ISU defensive ends coach Stan Eggen's intensity and passion.

"After I interacted with their defensive ends coach and saw how it goes, I was sold," Nerness said. "That's when I knew where I wanted to be, when I felt most comfortable."

Nerness believes Eggen, a 30-year coaching veteran, can help him add a variety of pass-rushing moves to his arsenal.

"As far as technique, I don't have a lot of that. I just use a lot of raw, natural talent and my athletic ability," he said. "They're gonna focus what I'm good at so far and that's my pass-rush."

Nerness is the Cyclones' sixth commitment of the 2015 recruiting class and the second in as many days, joining QB Dom DeLira (Friday, June 20).

On a more important note, Nerness is the third in-state commit for the class, and there's likely going to be a few more — Waukee (IA) tight end Michael Jacobson was offered during Saturday's camp could be compelled to join teammate Anthony Nelson in Ames. Cedar Rapids offensive tackle Julian Good-Jones holds offers from the Cyclones and Kansas State and is close with Nerness and offensive guard Bryce Meeker, who committed in early June.

I'd say Iowa State's definitely on the rise," Nerness said. "There are a lot of guys who are hungry to prove they can play football ... Hopefully we can get Julian and Michael.

"Meeker, I've known him since eighth grade when we were playing AAU basketball against each other. And now we'll be playing together in college."

Nine in-state prep players have committed to play football at the "Big 5" conference level, same as a year ago, while Good-Jones and Jacobson hold Iowa State offers and Des Moines-area products like Nick Wilson (Dowling Catholic) and Waukee tackle Erik Nelson are on the brink of big offers.

"We're here in a smaller state not really known for football and most of the kids are coming out of the East Coast, the West Coast, down south," Nerness said. "Sometimes it's hard when you're in the Midwest. Me, I'm an eight-man guy, so I have a lot of stereotypes. So ending up with three offers before I committed, hopefully I silenced some of that. God blessed me with a lot of athletic ability."

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