On Verge of Selecting Finalists

One of the highest-profile offensive linemen on Iowa State's recruiting board is Minneapolis Cretin-Derham Hall's Rafael Eubanks, who has reached double digits in scholarship offers. The Cyclones are one of several programs to have offered. CycloneNation.com caught up with him to get a feel for where Eubanks is in the recruiting process.

CN: Start by giving us an update on where you're at in the recruiting process.

Rafael Eubanks: It has gone real well. I've been preparing for the start of September when I should be really busy. I have scholarship offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri, Arizona State, Stanford, Maryland, and Miami.

CN: Do you have a list of finalists right now from your pool of offers?

Eubanks: We're kind of working on that right now. By the end of the summer, before September 1st, we want to break it down to seven good ones. It's still in the works, we're tossing names around, and it's almost changing every day. I figure I will start from there, then when the coaches call I can get more information and get an in-depth look at it. Then I will probably get it down to five. At this point I don't see myself making an early commitment. I want to take my time and make sure I make the right choice.

CN: What would you say Iowa State's chances are of being in your list of finalists?

Eubanks: It's really hard to say right now. I have a lot of schools that I'm really interested in, and it's going to be a tough choice. I'm definitely going to give Iowa State consideration because it is so close and the fact that (Cretin-Derham alum) Scott Stephenson will be there, so I will have a person there that I know. It's all going into account.

CN: How much contact have you had with the Cyclone coaches this summer?

Eubanks: Ned Tavale and I were both able to talk to some of the coaches about a month ago – the offensive line coach and head coach – to get a feel for how things are going. That was a good conversation that we had.

CN: Any programs that are locks to be in the top seven?

Eubanks: No school really is a lock right now except for the University of Minnesota. They would be in the top seven, but all of the other schools are being tossed in there. It's going to be close.

CN: How active were you on the camp circuit?

Eubanks: I went to the University of Minnesota camp back in early June and that went well. It was a contact camp, so I got my pads on for the first time in a while. I also went to the Notre Dame camp, which was a non-contact camp. I haven't gone to any all-star camps.

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