Two weeks away from his official visit to Iowa State, three-star JUCO cornerback Antoine Albert — who the staff has made a top priority in 2015 — spoke to AllCyclones.com about his expectations and decision timeline.
"I'm excited to see and meet the coaching staff," the 6-foot-2 Albert said Thursday night. "See how they prepare for the game and also the practice, if it's high-tempo or laid-back. The schooling is important, too."
Iowa State offered Albert early in the 2015 evaluation period, joining a small list of schools at the time. Albert's offer sheet has grown — Tennessee, Arizona, Washington State — but the Cyclones have maintained good standing with Albert throughout.Albert Vital for ISU in 2015
"I'm the type of guy who picks schools off of being loyal," Albert said. "And so far ISU has been loyal to me."
Albert visited Oregon State for an official in the spring and will return in September for an unofficial. He'll stay with his cousin, Ryan Murphy, a player on the team (Albert is also cousins with former Cyclones Aaron Horne). Albert expects to visit Tennessee in October and will decide shortly thereafter.
Oregon State might be considered the favorite for a few reason, including the West Coast and Pac-12 factor, but Iowa State is able to pitch ample playing time, given the uncertainty at one cornerback position going forward. The Cyclones have also reminded Albert that head coach Paul Rhoads tutored Darrelle Revis at Pitt.
"He brings [Revis] up sometimes," Albert said.
"Playing time is the biggest thing for me — they always bring that up. [Schools] sign a lot of players but I know I can out-work anyone."
Albert believes he'll enroll in January.