Class of '04 Now 20 Members Strong

The Cyclone fans that wondered when Dan McCarney's staff would start bringing in some defensive line prospects will be happy with the latest developments in Ames. In just the last 24 hours Iowa State has made big strides in plugging some holes along the defensive front for 2004, as McCarney secured verbal commitments from two more linemen. Those two additions give ISU a total of four since the conclusion of last weekend.

Last night, The Insiders' Josh Clark was the first to report a commitment from Iowa Central defensive lineman Fabian Dodd. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder, who originally signed with Iowa out of Sunrise (Fla.) Piper High School, made his decision after a weekend visit to Ames.

"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." 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.

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