In-State Trifecta

The ink has barely dried on the 28 letters-of-intent Iowa State received on National Signing Day 2004. Nonetheless, the Cyclones are already laying the groundwork for the class of 2005.

No more than two weeks removed from announcing a signing class of 28 seniors for this fall, Iowa State has already gotten started on its 2005 crop. And it should come as no surprise to Cyclone fans that Dan McCarney is focusing on Iowa first, then expanding outward.

As of Tuesday morning, ISU had made scholarship offers to a trio of in-staters. In fact, those three offers stretch from the western edge of Iowa to the Des Moines area and east to the Quad Cities.

McCarney started in his own backyard December 1st by offering West Des Moines Dowling two-way standout Trent Flander. For the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, ISU's full ride offer came as his first, but interest from many Midwest programs continue to escalate.

"I'd say the ones that have expressed the most interest are Iowa State with their offer, along with Iowa, Notre Dame and Indiana that have come on strong in the last month," said Dowling head coach Matt Dillon. "I'd be shocked if he didn't have some more offers shortly.

"Trent has incredible upside as a tight end, because you just don't find kids that are physical, can catch the football and run like he can. I think he'll be on the offensive side (at the next level), but it wouldn't shock me to see him try to play defensive end for somebody. It just depends on what they want to do with him. Iowa State didn't really label a position on him, but I'm assuming they're recruiting him as a tight end."

McCarney made his second offer to an in-state junior last week, Tyler Blum of Walnut High School. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound is considered by some recruiting analysts to be the top senior for next fall, and projects as a defensive end or tight end. Walnut is a small school near Council Bluffs that has performed well in eight-man football.

Then, early this week the Cyclones offered a scholarship to Bettendorf linebacker Pat Angerer. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder put up huge numbers as a junior, approaching the 200-tackle mark while leading the Bulldogs to the state quarterfinals in Class 4A.

"I called Coach (Chris) Ash and talked to him for a little bit (Monday morning)," said Angerer. "He put me over to Coach McCarney and he told me that he liked the way I played and wanted to offer a full ride. It came as a big surprise. It's great to know a good college like Iowa State wants me to play for them. I've always been interested in them.

"They're moving in the right direction with the program and I really like them. There are a couple of players that I know that are really good guys. I really like the campus."

Even more scholarship offers could be expected in the near future, but summer padded camp in June will continue to be a valuable recruiting tool for the ISU staff in recruiting Iowa high schoolers.


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