Fiacco Remains High on ISU

Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead offensive lineman Jason Fiacco's latest trip to Ames could go a long ways towards him making a commitment to the Cyclones. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder attended Iowa State's second padded camp, and had some news to report after Friday afternoon's session.

"I think I have it narrowed down to the schools I want to go to, and will look at them this summer," said Jason Fiacco, who currently has eight scholarship offers. "I really like Northern Illinois and Iowa State right now. I'm probably going to go visit Colorado State, Colorado, and West Virginia too, but it's probably going to be (Northern Illinois or Iowa State)."

Fiacco has made several trips to ISU since he became one of the program's top offensive line recruits in the Class of 2005. But this was the closest he had gotten to working with new position coach Barney Cotton. It's become apparent that Cotton made a huge impression on the Wisconsin prep.

"Camp's been really good," Fiacco said. "I've gotten to know Coach Cotton some more. This is as good as you're going to get to know him at this point. He's seeing what I'm doing wrong right now and letting me know what I need to fix. He wants me to play center, and I've played tackle in high school. It's a little bit different. The biggest thing I've had to learn is the pass protection. There are some good guys here and it's nice to go against tough competition."

The Cyclones have a number of different things going for them, said Fiacco, including Coach Dan McCarney who visited with him Friday morning shortly before returning to Iowa City.

"Coach Mac is a real nice guy," Fiacco said. "He told me to have a good camp and was happy I came down. I told him that I want to have a decision before football season. I love the staff here and the coaches are real good. I've gotten to know all of them."

"I really like Iowa State because they play in the Big 12 and that's big-time football. They also think I might have a chance to play early, too."

In addition to ISU and Northern Illinois, Colorado, Colorado State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Central Michigan, and Kansas have all offered scholarships. In-state program Wisconsin appears to be out of Fiacco's picture, however.

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