Catlett Gives Mac More Good News

Iowa State has received more good news from a heralded senior that attended their padded camp in June. This recruit reigns from the state of Colorado.

Fort Collins (Colo.) tight end Derrick Catlett, who made his way to Ames earlier this summer, gave head coach Dan McCarney a commitment by phone Friday night.

"I like the coaches at Iowa State," said Catlett in an interview with TheInsiders' Allen Wallace last week. "They're real good. I felt like I mixed in well there. They're also in the Big 12 and that's my favorite conference. Whenever they need to throw, they usually throw to the TEs.

"I like Iowa State's small town atmosphere. It's small, but not too small. They've got a great engineering program and they just built a multimillion-dollar engineering building. It's really nice."

ISU's main competition for the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Catlett turned out to be California, which had also offered a scholarship. Kansas State had also shown interest.

Catlett attended June's padded camp in Ames along with heralded offensive lineman teammate Jon Cooper, who is also considering the Cyclones.

Catlett is being recruited only for the offensive side of the ball, and it was easy to why after watching him in a brief seven-on-seven session. As a junior, he hauled in 39 receptions for 608 yards and five touchdowns, earning him second-team all-state and first-team all-Front Range Conference honors.

The Fort Collins senior would probably be characterized as a catch-first tight end, but he's also an adequate blocker at his level.

"I catch the ball really well and don't drop very many balls," he said. "As far as blocking, I get it done one way or another. It might be ugly, but I can do it."

We'll have more on this story later today, with additional quotes to add from Catlett.

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