If you've been on vacation or at the pool or glued to the couch watching an exhilarating World Cup, you've missed a thing or three in the land of Iowa State football recruiting.
In the span of four days, the Cyclones landed three non-binding verbal commitments for the 2015 class, giving them five commits this month alone.
That's quite the flurry of momentum for a program that really needed some, having not received a commitment since March 8 and licking its wounds after missing on Joey Burrow, Flynn Nagel, David Pfaff and others.
Let's recap the most recent three, starting with Monday's pledge, Jordan Wallace of back-to-back state champ Denton Guyer, of Texas.
- Having just the offer from the Cyclones, Wallace is certainly an under-the-radar player. At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, though, he's a nicely-sized under-the-radar player, a better flyer than a 5-foot-9 under-ranked prospect.
The gist, really, is that Wallace has good size for the free safety position and figures to add plenty of weight. The Cyclones clearly see something in him they really like. Wallace ran well at Iowa State's camp Friday, putting in a sick time of 4.10 seconds in the pro-agility drill, a measurement of short-area burst and explosion. You can't ignore his winning pedigree, either.
Safety isn't a huge need in this class after the Cyclones signed two JUCOs and one prep at the position in 2014 but Wallace is a nice stash-and-store player for the future.
Key Quote: "Iowa State felt like home to me. It's a big weight off my shoulders. I know that I've made it to the level of football that I've always dreamed of playing. I'm grateful to Iowa State for giving me the opportunity and I look forward to contributing for them."
- Seth Nerness, since landing an ISU offer last fall, has been coy about his recruitment and his plans, but the vibe he gave off the last few weeks suggested he might be close to making a decision. Nerness was offered by Kansas State after a June 14 camp then promptly told reporters he was finished with summer tours.
Sure enough, Nerness went to Ames on Saturday for a Junior Day and, without any pomp, casually told Paul Rhoads "today will be the day."
In Nerness, the Cyclones land a quick-twitch pass-rusher with raw athletic ability who's eager to learn all the tricks and moves Stan Eggen can teach him. Nerness has to add weight, but his explosiveness gives him a great chance to play early — whereas fellow defensive end commit Anthony Nelson needs a few years of seasoning. Want the best idea for where Nerness can contribute? Keep an eye on Justin Madison this season — how ISU uses him, where he lines up, how often he gets after the quarterback. Nerness can definitely be a down-and-distance specialist for the early portion of his career until he cracks the starting lineup.
Key Quote: ""After I interacted with their defensive ends coach and saw how it goes, I was sold. That's when I knew where I wanted to be, when I felt most comfortable."
- The allure of Dominic DeLira was too much for Mark Mangino to pass on. DeLira, a deadly-accurate quarterback out of Lake Travis (TX), the QB factory that produced Mangino's old protege Todd Reesing, was so impressive at the June 14 camp, doing whatever he wanted with the football, no matter the wind or erratic nature of his ragtag receiving corps.
At 6-foot-1, 177 pounds, DeLira doesn't have the size of runner-up Demry Croft but Mangino sees a more natural, polished quarterback ready to run his offense. Iowa State is almost assuredly not going to start a true freshman quarterback, but if the Cyclones don't get their arms situation figured out this fall or next spring, DeLira will be a hot storyline to track for the fall camp of 2015, especially as he's Mangino's hand-picked guy.
The Cyclones were the only school to offer DeLira, but consider a few factors before fretting: A) Mangino's QB track-record is superior to nearly every other talent evaluator in the country B) The state of Texas is loaded with signal-callers in 2015 and somebody was going to get overlooked C) Schools don't throw around QB offers D) Iowa State isn't at this point equipped to beat out other BCS schools for QBs with offer lists in the teens.
DeLira committed in the late hours of Friday, June 20, jumping immediately on an offer.
Key Quote: "I was gonna commit right away. ISU was perfect for me."
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