In-state offering #1

Linebacker is a priority for Iowa State's recruiting efforts of the Class of 2005, and the Cyclones have already zeroed in on an in-state prospect from Bettendorf to help fill that need.

Junior rankings and preseason lists have started to surface, but Iowa State fans are seeing the players head coach Dan McCarney is targeting for his 2005 recruiting class. The most recent junior to join a short list of players to be offered scholarships by ISU is a playmaking linebacker from Eastern Iowa.

The Cyclones offered Bettendorf linebacker Pat Angerer Monday morning during a phone conversation. And looking at the numbers Angerer put up as a junior, it's easy to why. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker racked up 197 tackles, including 26 stops for a loss, nine sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. His work helped put Bettendorf into the Iowa Class 4A state quarterfinals.

Angerer says he wasn't expecting an offer from the Cyclones so soon.

"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."

Angerer said Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin have also expressed interest in him, but that he continues to be non-committal when it comes to picking favorites.

"I'm pretty much open to any school," he said. "I want to go where I feel comfortable. I want to major in anything sports-related."

Angerer said he will attend summer padded camp at ISU.

"I've been lifting, running and got a lot faster," he said. "I feel like I can go out there and try more things. I feel like I'm open to more things and more positions."

He projects as a linebacker at the next level, and Angerer said his favorite place to play is the middle where he earned Elite All-State honors from the Des Moines Register and first-team all-state mention by the INA.

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