"We're glad to be here and are pretty confident going in," said Dain Wise. "They're really talented, we're really talented, and it's going to be a great game."
Wise hasn't spent much time on his recruitment during Carl Albert's state playoff run, but he has managed to set up three official visits in the coming weeks.
"I'm going to Missouri on the 10th, Iowa State on the 17th, and Air Force on January 7th," said Wise, who has offers from all three programs. "I wouldn't say those are my finalists or favorites, but that's a good list right now. I haven't seen any of them yet, so I'm waiting to see on my visits."
The three schools Wise will visit all have some areas that appeal to him.
"Missouri and Iowa State are both Big 12 schools and big-time programs," he said. "They usually have winning records. This year everything is kind of weird in the North. Missouri didn't have the best year, but they're a pretty good program. I like the offensive line coaches at both schools. Air Force is a different kind of choice, but it's good for your career after football."
The Cyclones assigned offensive coordinator and line coach Barney Cotton to recruit Wise last spring, and the first-year assistant has made quite an impression since then.
"He's pretty cool," Wise said. "What I like about him a lot is he played in the League, so he knows what he's talking about. He is the offensive coordinator, too, which makes it cool. You run the plays on offense that he wants to run. Coach Cotton says there would be a chance at early playing time, and that's a nice thing. I don't want to go in and be fourth on the depth chart. I'm really looking forward to seeing the campus and seeing them practice for their bowl game.
Cotton has made it clear that Wise would begin his ISU career on the exterior of the offensive line.
"A lot of places have me as a guard, but Coach Cotton says I'll be a tackle if I go to Iowa State," Wise said. "I've got good feet and am kind of long. I've done a lot more run blocking than pass protection, but he thinks I can do both well. I think I've improved my technique a lot and got better all around. I'm heavier, stronger, and didn't lose any speed. I've improved physically as an offensive lineman."