Teammate Could Lead JUCO CB to Ames

After a weekend official visit with close friend and fellow Cyclone commitment Terrance Highsmith, Iowa State is a serious contender for the services of a Fort Scott (Kan.) C.C. cornerback. And a visit to another Division I program this weekend will probably determine where he'll be signing in February.

Eugene Oates, a 6-foot, 185-pound cover corner, took a trip to Ames last weekend and appears to be considering the Cyclones his favorite going into a Utah visit.

"He and Terrance are pretty good friends," said Fort Scott head coach Kevin Verdugo. "I talked to Eugene yesterday when he returned home. He had a great time, enjoyed the coaches a great deal, and liked what he saw. He's going to travel to Utah this week to compare a little bit, but I think Iowa State's sitting in good shape right now. He's going to make somebody happy, wherever he chooses to go. I look for him to have a great college career."

The possible addition of Oates, a cover corner, would bolster the Cyclones' secondary, which will take a hit from graduation.

"Eugene has very good ball skills and very good body control," Verdugo said. "Obviously, he's got good speed, runs well, and has great size to go along with it."

Oates came to Fort Scott by way of Jacksonville Raines High School and was an all-conference cornerback last season. He has matured greatly both on and off the football field since making his way to the Kansas junior college, says his coach.

"He made great strides," Verdugo said. "He's grown up a lot, not only as a player but as a person. He's still very shy and quiet, but he's come out of his shell. The guys respect him a great deal. It's not because of what he says, it's what he does."

Oates also has a visit planned to Brigham Young, although he could make a decision prior to his trip to Provo. ISU, Utah and BYU have all offered scholarships.

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