"I committed to Iowa State today," said Dodd in his interview with Clark. "Arizona was having troubles with my transcripts so I just decided to get it over with. Iowa State's schedule is a lot easier next year for a rebuilding team, and we should be able to immediately compete. I just want to get out and play some football."
CycloneNation.com also learned last night that another of last weekend's visitors picked ISU. Mount SAC defensive lineman Austin Jackson gave a soft verbal on Sunday, and his plans to become a Cyclone were finalized this week with positive news on the academic front. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Jackson needs just a few more classes to graduate in May and become a member of the ISU program.
After securing commitments from 15 high school prospects and just one two-year transfer, ISU has followed that up with commitments from four more JUCO transfers to bring the total to 20 overall. In addition to Jackson and Dodd, the Cyclones locked up verbals from defensive lineman Tearrius George and cornerback LaMarcus Hicks earlier this week.
In other recruiting news, two more JUCO transfers are close to being considered ‘firm' commitments for the Class of 2004. Co-Lin (Miss.) linebacker Tim Dobbins and West Hills (Calif.) defensive back Jerry Gair are starting to look even better from an academic standpoint and could soon be considered members of the '04 class. However, Reedley (Calif.) College linebacker Stanley Clark has apparently fallen off of ISU's list because of academics.