After driving all the way to Iowa from Georgia, Stephenson High School athlete Dennis Wonnum didn’t hit the road for his 13-hour trek back home until he had become Iowa State’s second commit Saturday.
Wonnum, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound tight end, committed to the Cyclones on Saturday evening in coach Paul Rhoads’ office at the conclusion of the program’s Golden Ticket Day. He plans to major in engineering at Iowa State, and it was a stop on campus during the visit that ultimately helped him make up his mind.
“The coaches, they loved it [when I committed,” Wonnum said. “What made me commit was when I went to the engineering hall and all that stuff. I loved the experience. That’s what I want to major in and that’s what Iowa State offers. The facilities and all that [was great]. I like the coaches and all that stuff.”
Wonnum has been clocked at 4.58 in the 40 and has good size. Back in Georgia he plays both defensive end and tight end, but Iowa State has recruited him as a tight end, offering within the last few weeks before brining him to town.
“I can do everything,” Wonnum said. “Block, run, catch, everything.”
Wonnum was recruited by secondary coach Maurice Linguist, but spent time with offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Mark Mangino on Saturday.
“We discussed the plays and stuff that they run, Wonnum said. “We were just talking about my commitment and what I want to study and stuff like that. They said they usually had a tight end about five yards out, but now with the offense they run they have a tight end close to the line and he showed me the basic blocking schemes and routes that I will run.”
First, though, Wonnum is looking ahead to his senior season.
“My boys at Stevenson, we have to go and win that state championship,” Wonnum said. “For me, I’m just going to keep working to get stronger and get better.”