Cyclones Making Quite an Impression

The Cyclones appear to be putting the full-court press on a heralded Omaha (Neb.) running back after head coach Dan McCarney took his recruitment of a heralded Nebraska running back to another level this week.

Just two days after Central tailback Brandon Gunn returned from an official visit to ISU, McCarney and running backs coach Tony Alford made an in-home visit. That trip has made quite an impression on Gunn, who didn't expect the Cyclones to follow up so quickly.

"I was shocked, because I had just came home from a visit there this past weekend," said Gunn. "But then they came for an in-home visit yesterday. That was a big shocker for me. It showed they were real interested in me and made an extra trip out here to visit with me and my parents.

"They came by just to talk to me and see if we had any more questions that we didn't get to ask on the visit. They didn't really ask if I wanted to commit to Iowa State. They were just asking when I was planning on committing. I told them I'm planning on doing it within a week or two."

When Gunn does make up his mind, one thing has become apparent. His local team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, will not be his final answer. Gunn's recruitment instead appears to be a two-horse race between ISU and Kansas State.

"Those are the two schools that I like the most and where I'm most comfortable," he said. "Now it's just coming down to me figuring out where I see myself at for the next four years. I like both of them a lot. They both have real good programs. It won't be a bad decision either way."

After being a virtual long shot early in the recruiting process, the Cyclones' stock improved mightily after Gunn's official visit to Ames.

"The visit was real nice," he said. "A lot of it was unexpected, because I didn't know too much about Iowa State. When I went down there, I learned a lot about their tradition, what they're doing and what their plan is for the future.

"I ate with the team and just went around to the players' houses and meeting them. I hung out and played video games for a while. Just hung out with them. If I do decide to go there, I have a good feel for them and they have a feel for me. They've got a good program and I wouldn't mind going there."

Gunn visited K-State earlier in the football season, and didn't indicate he would take any more official stops after last weekend's stop at ISU.

Asked how much of a factor the Cyclones' success with former Omaha and Lincoln area preps could play into his decision, Gunn said it could play a big part.

"It's nice to know that some people from my hometown went there and are being successful," he said. "That's a big impact on me looking at them and deciding if I'm going to go there or not. They've shown me that they play players from my hometown. That makes it comfortable for me."


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