As Norcross (GA) safety Kendrec Grady drove late into the night on the long trip back to Georgia with his family following his official visit in mid-September, he shared excitement for what he saw during his three-day trip.
Less than two weeks later, Grady decided to make Iowa State his future home, becoming the Cyclones’ sixth high school commit in the 2016 class.
“Everybody is there for each other. All the coaches are there for you if you need them and stuff like that,” Grady said. “The weight room is outstanding, I like the weight room. And the engineering there is the top program there and that’s what I want to major in.”
Grady, who Iowa State will likely use at safety, chose Iowa State over a handful of other Power 5 offers from the likes of Boston College, Illinois, Syracuse, Louisville and Virginia. His visit for the CyHawk game Sept. 12 was his one and only visit before committing.
The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Grady, who had 38 tackles and four interceptions during his junior campaign, developed a strong relationship with Iowa State secondary coach Maurice Linguist. He chose to drive from Georgia with his family so his parents could make the trip, and that visit ended up sealing his commitment.
“[They like] the way my body has formed. I have a good body [they said],” Grady said of Iowa State. “They said once I start eating and getting bigger and being in the weight room my body is going to grow into my figure.”
What type of safety is Iowa State getting in Grady?
“I guess I just do everything… I’ve never asked myself that question,” Grady said. “I can throw a lick every now and then, but I’m more of a watch-the-quarterback safety.”