DeLira is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback from Lake Travis (TX) near Austin, Texas. He is a fast quarterback with escapability that should fit well into Iowa State's system as Lake Travis runs something similar.
What stood out about Iowa State in your visit and conversations that made you want to commit?
One thing is, whenever we went in the building or around the campus and stuff, I really liked the whole school. It’s a really nice college town, I thought it was beautiful when I was up there. Everything was just great, everything was top-notch. It was good for my future and what I’m trying to accomplish, so I thought it was the best fit.
Whenever I first got there, everybody knew me. I kind of felt wanted, which comes with all the recruitment, but it was kind of special. It was kind of different. It wasn’t too much business, which of course it is business, but at the same time they were really showing that they care about me and everything. I think the coaching staff are all really nice and respectful and I respect them 100 percent.
When you think about your future and think about the coming months, what excites you about Iowa State and getting to Ames?
Probably being in the Big 12 Conference. When I was young, I was a big Aggies fan, so I would watch them play the Big 12 and I’d watch all the teams. To play all the teams I grew up watching, I think it would be a cool experience. I think that’s a pretty big deal with the conference prestige and what it has to offer.
Some people watch film and see film, but for people who haven’t seen you, how would you describe your game to those people?
I would say I’m pretty elusive, I’m pretty quick moving. I’m hard to tackle in the pocket, I move well and I guess winning, because you can’t win games without having a bunch of winners on your team. I bring a winning attitude.
I really see myself in the system they have going on, because when Tommy [Mangino] came down for a visit, and he was with my coaches at my high school and stuff, him and I watched film a little bit in the offices and he told me what they like to do and what they do with all their offensive plays and stuff. It was similar. They told me when I went up in the summer that I already have a step up on people coming in because I know some parts of the system already.
If you had to key in on something that you want to work on between now and when the season starts, what would it be?
I think my size and footwork. It’s going to be a lot faster in college and faster athletes. I can’t really out-run people, so my quickness and my size. Just keep perfecting my craft as much as I can.
What are you hoping to take out of this upcoming weekend?
Helping out the team and talking with some of the guys who aren’t committed [and] getting them to come to our school, of course. Then meeting all the guys who are going to take the journey with me. A couple of them met and I’m the only one that really hasn’t met them yet.
It has been awhile. I’ve been talking to them since the summer and so we’ve all kind of just talked everyday. It’s about time we meet, because I feel like we all know each other right now.