Minnesota Transfer Heads South

CycloneNation.com spoke with Jim Stephenson, the father of Minnesota transfer Scott, to learn of a new addition for Iowa State's 2004 squad. Stephenson said his son has made a final decision after eliminating three other Division I programs during the past few days.

"He's committing to Iowa State," said Jim Stephenson. "The two schools that he was kind of waiting on were Nebraska and Notre Dame. They had asked for film, but seemed to have some turmoil going on. This morning his high school coach received word that they couldn't bring in any more people at Nebraska, so that made that decision.

"So it was a matter of waiting for Notre Dame, and they're in a lot of turmoil right now with the pressure to perform. You read a lot about Coach (Ty) Willingham. We don't know what's going on over there. So we decided as a family that Iowa State was the best. Arizona State called last night and offered him a scholarship, so he slept on that one and decided in the morning he didn't want to go there."

Stephenson also indicated that Arizona State contacted his son Monday night with a scholarship offer in hand, but that Scott didn't want to attend the Pac-10 school.

The Cyclones could be gaining a nose guard or offensive tackle in Scott Stephenson, who played defense for two years in Minneapolis but was an all-state offensive lineman at Cretin-Durham High School that garnered an offer from Kansas State to play tackle out of high school.

"They asked Scott where he wanted to play and he has the option of playing offense or defense," Stephenson said. "He's got a full year to practice before he hits the field as a redshirt, so Scott's going to consider both sides. Who knows, he may end up on the offensive side. He had a scholarship to Kansas State out of high school as an offensive tackle."

Stephenson's father said it was the ISU staff that played a big role in his son's decision.

"The main reason was the coaching staff at Iowa State was just incredible," Stephenson said. "We've been talking to a lot of coaches and have had the experience up here at Minnesota. But there was something about the coaches at Iowa State that won us over. They're very open and showed a level of concern for his future. You can tell when people put on an air about themselves, but this was very sincere. They were very professional and cared about Scott's future.

"He had a great bonding with the players. What meant the most to Scott also was the ex-players that he associated with over the couple of days. Everybody spoke highly of Coach McCarney and his staff. They did nothing but praise him and that meant a lot."

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