How were the Cyclones able to gain on the Buffs?
"Me being with the coaches for a couple days is something you really can't do over the phone," Cantrel said. "You have to actually be in the same room with them, looking them in the eye. That was a real positive. That and conversing with the players already in the program. You can't get that over the phone."
Cantrell spent time with host player Bret Meyer and fellow visitor Greg Coleman, a running back commit from Iowa City High. But don't read too much into Coleman playing a big factor in him choosing the Cyclones.
"If it makes a difference, it would be a small one," Cantrell said. "He really didn't try to persuade one way or another. We talked about our playoff games and got caught up on where our teammates are going. We went up there and stayed together. We were able to tear it up with a couple guys we already knew."
Now that ISU and Colorado appear to be on an even plane, coaches from both schools are putting on the full-court press. In fact, Buffalo defensive coach Brian Cabral met with Cantrell in person Sunday afternoon shortly after he returned from his ISU visit. Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney and assistant Terry Allen were in home last week, and Cantrell said defensive coordinator John Skladany would be in this week.
One positive in the Cyclones' corner is that he has known their coaches for a while.
"The thing that probably sets the two apart is that Iowa State's coaching staff I've come in contact with a lot the last two years," he said.