Gunn Strengthens Nebraska Pipeline

Omaha (Neb.) Central running back Brandon Gunn thought long and hard about taking a trip to UCLA this weekend, or settling on a decision between a pair of Big 12 schools, Iowa State and Kansas State.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back chose to stay home this weekend, and Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney could not have been happier as he secured a verbal commitment from Gunn.

"I didn't go to UCLA," said Gunn. "It was getting late in the recruiting and everybody is committing. I wanted to go ahead and commit to the school I liked the most. I sat down with my parents and really thought about whether I'd consider going to UCLA.

"That's kind of far from home, so I decided not to visit. I called and committed to Coach McCarney on Thursday. The coaches were real happy. It was good news to them. My parents and I really like Iowa State a lot, so I decided to commit."

Although ISU has commitments from three running backs for the Class of 2004, Gunn said he likes the situation in the offensive backfield. He should, too, as the Cyclones' depth is limited beyond returning starter Stevie Hicks.

"I like their program and think I fit in well," Gunn said. "They don't have a whole lot of running backs returning next year, so they were kind of lacking. That's the position I play, so I feel that I can play in that program. I also like the people out there. They have some players that came from Omaha, Nebraska, that have been successful, and I feel I can do the same."

After visiting campus in mid-December, Gunn came away with a favorable opinion of his future teammates and coaches.

"Everybody is real close," he said. "It's like a family and I like that a lot. They treat you real well and it's great."

Gunn is ISU's 15th commitment for next month's signing class and joins Jason Scales, Webster Patrick and Greg Coleman as members of a prolific group of tailbacks that will be signing.

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