"A big deal with Bobby was he wanted to go some place where he felt he had a chance to play pretty quickly," said Garland coach Jeff Jordan. "From talking to Coach Alford and those guys, that was a big factor in his decision. Also, he knows DeAndre real well and DeAndre was up there this summer and came back and had a bunch of good things to say about the coaches and program.
"He has really enjoyed it this summer and has enjoyed two-a-days. Bobby and his mom both really like Tony and thought he was a great guy and straight shooter. They liked the way he operates. I really like Coach Alford and he does a great job coming down here to recruit. Iowa State's program is on the rise. DeAndre had a ton of good things to say about it coming back. I think Iowa State's a good place for Bobby and they'll take care of him. They're getting a good football player."
On the field, Chalk projects as a cornerback in college that can cover receivers on an island.
"He is going to be a cover corner and is the kind of guy that can get up in somebody's face and take him away," Jordan said. "He's got great hips, really turns easily and can accelerate and close on the football. He has a good knack for playing the football and is instinctive. He's also not afraid to hit you."
"He was real interested in Colorado and he went up to Tulsa one weekend this summer and enjoyed it," Jordan said. "But Colorado was probably the other one he really liked."
"I really like Coach Alford and he does a great job coming down here to recruit. Iowa State's program is on the rise. DeAndre had a ton of good things to say about it coming back. I think Iowa State's a good place for Bobby and they'll take care of him. They're getting a good football player."
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.
"Defense will be his spot in college," Jordan said. "We're still going to use him a little bit as a wingback. He does a good job and could play a lot more, but he's just so good defensively that we spot play him on offense."
Chalk looks forward to immediate playing time in Ames, as he enters a favorable situation next fall.
"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 speedster actually ran a faster 100 time this track season than Jackson, considered one of the fastest players on this year's Cyclone roster. Chalk finished second in open 100 at districts after running a 10.5. The 4x100 relay team with Chalk and Jackson ran a 41.6.
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.