Ex-Teammates to be Reunited

Iowa State has received a verbal commitment a Texas cornerback that will make his way to Ames in the Class of 2004 to rejoin a former high school teammate. CN has confirmed with Garland High School Coach Jeff Jordan that 5-foot-9, 180-pound speedster Bobby Chalk has chosen the Cyclones.

The verbal is the second from a Garland High athlete in as many seasons for Dan McCarney, as Bobby Chalk will join current ISU true freshman cornerback DeAndre Jackson.

"I was talking to (an ISU) coach and by the time I get there they'll have two senior cornerbacks and that's really about it," said Chalk in an earlier interview with CN. "I have a good chance to play there. I played with DeAndre, so it'd be good to go there with somebody that I know. He says it's a good school, and was recruited as a cornerback too."

The Garland senior chose ISU over Kansas State, Colorado, Baylor and Wisconsin, but made it clear in his prior interview that it was a two-horse race between the Wildcats and Cyclones.

Chalk, who has ran a 4.37 40 time, put up numbers on both sides of the ball last season in Garland. He recorded 28 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one sack for a team that won its first 12 games before bowing out in the Class 5A state playoffs. He went on to earn second-team all-district. As a part of the Garland offensive backfield, he cleared the 400-yard barrier.

But defense is clearly the place for Chalk at the next level.

"I'm real speedy and quick," he said. "I can cover receivers and have hops. They've used me on an island to cover receivers. I'm not really a hard hitter, but I'm not scared to hit. I'm not really all that big, but I'll hit somebody if I have to."

Chalk is the ninth known commitment for the signing class of 2004 and second from the Lone Star State. Earlier this month, Baytown Lee defender William Lewis gave ISU the nod.

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