Cyclones Like this Rocker

A high school running back from the state of Florida fits, almost to a tee, what the Cyclones are looking for in a ball carrier. Now the next step is getting him on campus.

ISU has offered Tavares (Fla.) tailback Dominique Rocker, and is set to host the 6-foot-2, 225-pound bruiser on an official visit in less than two weeks. It will be the first of four planned trips for him.

"I just had an in-home meeting with Coach Ash, which went pretty well," said Rocker, who will be heading to Ames the weekend of December 17-18. "I'm visiting Iowa State next weekend, and we were just talking about the style of play that they like to run, the learning atmosphere, and community. I really like the Cyclones. They're a pretty good team. I haven't seen too much of them, though, so I'll have to wait for my visit to see what it's all about."

Rocker is just the type of physical back the Cyclones have coveted in recent years, and currently feature with sophomore Stevie Hicks.

"Iowa State's looking for a big running back that can do the same things as a smaller running back," Rocker said. "I am both a power back and can also be a finesse back. I'll do whatever I have to do to get a person off of me."

In wrapping up his final season of high school ball, Rocker, who has turned in a 4.58 40 time, rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 25 touchdowns for Tavales, which finished 11-1 and advanced to the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

He also played free safety and outside linebacker in one of Florida's smallest classes, and had two interception returns for touchdowns and a pair of sacks.

While the Cyclones would love to get a commitment from Rocker during his visit to Ames, that likely won't happen. He indicated he had offers from South Florida, Central Florida, Louisville, Auburn, and West Virginia. Out of those offers, he has planned official visits to Louisville (1/7), USF (1/14), and UCF (1/21).

"I don't have any favorites at this point," Rocker said. "I haven't really seen anything, and don't know much about the teams. After I see everything, I'll be ready to make my decision."

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