Flander Wraps Up Stay in Ames

Traveling to Ames for the first summer padded camp, West Des Moines Dowling tight end Trent Flander did nothing to disappoint the Iowa State coaches who gave him his first scholarship earlier this spring. In fact, the Cyclones got the indication of just how tough and hard-nosed the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder really is.

"The camp was pretty good and very physical, which I like to get involved in," said Trent Flander. "It was probably even more physical than last year's camp. They kind of emphasized that. I probably could have done a lot better this camp, but the coaches thought I did fine. They knew that I could get out and run, so they weren't worried about anything else. They've seen me play, were impressed, and offered me early, so they just told me to play like yourself and I'll do fine.

"It's nice because the things they teach you at Iowa State are the same things Coach Dillon teaches at Dowling, so I had an advantage over the other tight ends in camp."

After attending Oklahoma's three-day camp last week, Flander prepared for a busy two-week stretch that included stops at ISU, Iowa, Miami, Kansas, Nebraska, and Indiana. The end result, however, could be to the Cyclones' detriment, since Flander is sure to attract more Division I interest.

"Things are starting to pick up," he said. "I just have one (offer) from Iowa State, but I think I can have a few more in the next few weeks. Iowa State's probably a little worried I'm getting interested in other places, but they're still my top team right now. I'm going to go back up there (Thursday) to watch a good friend of mine, A.J. Haase, who has already committed to Iowa State, to watch him play.

"After the camps, me and my family are going to take a deep look at the colleges, and consider all of the options that I have. Hopefully I'll have my decision before the season, but if I don't I'll just make it midway through."

At least for the present time, Cyclone fans can feel good about their chances with Flander. The feelings appear to be mutual.

"I think their program is going to turn around pretty quickly," Flander said. "With Coach Cotton working with the offensive line, it's going to working in the shape he wants it in, and it'll probably turn into a Nebraska type of offensive line. I think the program will probably be back where it was with Seneca Wallace."

The Cyclones could get some competition as soon as Sunday when Flander will contact Oklahoma to learn more about his standing with its coaches.

"They should know a lot more about what their decision was going to be on me, or they'd have an overall decision ready," Flander indicated.


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