Florida Prep Joins ISU's Class of '04

CycloneNation.com caught up with Tallahassee (Fla.) Leon High School prep Thad Jones upon his return from a weekend official visit to Ames, and found that he had some good news to report.

Iowa State received a verbal commitment earlier today from the strong safety.

"I've committed to them," said Jones, who indicated he is cancelling his remaining visit to Central Florida. "They've been with me from day one and didn't leave even through the injury. As far as their college and town goes, they're more concerned about me graduating academically than playing football for them. Plus, they're amongst the top engineering as far as college football is going.

"It was a real good visit. The town was great. The players were great, and also the coaches. While I was there they showed me the weight-room facility on campus and the classes. So everything was great."

The situation Jones finds himself in is a good one, as the Cyclones were in need of restocking their depth in the secondary.

"It fits me real good, because they have a bunch of young players and a real young team. I have the chance to come in and get some quick playing time. The team is going to be real good. They had a 2-10 season, but I don't see that happening again."

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